Positive Role Models

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Every parent wants their child to succeed and be confident. Unfortunately, in a world where women and girls are sometimes told that they can’t do something or that they can’t be something, instilling confidence in young girls and women can be hard. Even things such as the recent #MeToo Movement in Hollywood and the recent sentencing of former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar can be a bit discouraging. After all, these were strong, successful women who in many cases felt they had to hide the abuse to continue being successful in their chosen field. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to raise a strong, confident daughter. Provide Positive Role Models One of the most important things you can do is to provide strong role models.…show more content…
Some of Blackwell’s medical school classmates did not take her seriously, but she proved her abilities by graduating at the top of her class. Other women in medicine your daughter can look to as role models include Margaret Allen, who among other things, was the first female surgeon to transplant a heart, and Nancy Dickey, the first female president of the American Medical Association. Of course, there are likely excellent female medical role models in your community, who your daughter can look to as examples. If your daughter is interested in politics, business, entertainment, or other fields, there are also plenty of high-quality women your daughter can look to as role models. Forbes’s 2017 The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women is a good place to look for confident, successful…show more content…
Often, people think that instilling confidence in girls is about breaking down stereotypes, but in a sense, they are building their own stereotypes, saying that a strong, confident girl doesn’t like pink, doesn’t wear high heels, and has to be interested in STEM. While those things are great, if that’s the path she wants to take with her life, confidence comes from allowing her to feel good about herself, which often means accepting her, even if she takes a different path than you would have imagined. Allow her to develop her talents and become the sort of person she wants to

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