In this Ted Talk, the speaker talks about how girls need to be taught to be brave.
Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code, talks about the need to inculcate bravery in our girls instead of teaching them to be perfect all the time. We often teach our boys to play rough, swing high and be brave. Thus, they are primed to take risks in life. However, girls are just taught to smile pretty and play safe in life.
The educational activist cites an example of her conversation with women, who gravitate towards careers and professions they know they are going to be great in, because they are taught to avoid risk. While talking about the job opportunities and the risk of failures, Saujani focuses on how men and women differ in their risk-taking capability. She says, “The bravery deficit is why women are underrepresented in STEM, in C-suites, in boardrooms, in Congress, and pretty much everywhere you look.”
She highlights the fact, that girls are no less than boys in terms of ability. What makes a difference is how boys and girls approach a challenge.
She concludes by saying that our girls are not alone. We need to teach our girls to be courageous and build a supportive network to cheer them. Girls must learn perseverance and learn bravery right from childhood, so they can make a difference to their own life as well as society. A girl must be comfortable with her imperfections and the community must support her.
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