“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.