Rooted In Confidence

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” – E.E. Cummings

I published an article earlier this year that discussed the idea that a lack of confidence is limiting women’s career trajectories. In short, women tend to project less confidence in their abilities than their male counterparts (even when they’re highly skilled) and are less likely to take professional risks, call attention to their successes, or ask for raises and promotions.

It occurred to me that a lack of confidence is not something that just appears in adulthood; it begins much earlier. Further research proved the idea-  a recent study finds that between the ages of 8 and 14, girls’ confidence levels drop by 30%.

Our daughters’ confidence levels begin to drop when they are just eight years old. Let that sink in.

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In Confidence

I have an article over on Forbes today that discusses the tendency women have to minimize their skills and accomplishments. Please have a read and consider sharing, I think it’s important info.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

“Because when some people are invisible, everyone suffers.” – Gloria Steinem

Several months ago, I was standing in my local fabric store, looking at miles and miles of fasteners, knowing I was far out of my creative depth. (To call my sewing skills “adequate” would be charitable, if I’m being honest.)

As I stood considering, a lady browsing nearby flagged down a store employee and requested help to find a specific item. The employee slowed just slightly and gestured vaguely toward where I stood, saying, “Oh, there’s probably something down there” before continuing past the woman.

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