Boys are taught to lead. Girls are taught to follow. What if we taught everyone how to lead and how to follow? How to take charge and how to be a team player?
Remember – my point is always, “You get to choose”. Having skills to do both, gives your neon cowgirl the knowledge and the opportunity to choose own her path. Be an example, be a role model for your growing neon cowgirl.
You don’t have to lead, nor do you have to follow. You get to choose. (You can also choose your own path if you want.)
What Works to Empower Girls to Lead?
Education empowers a woman in many ways, especially her capacity to control and make decisions about her own life. This is because the skills girls acquire in school help to create “pathways” to better employment opportunities and health outcomes. They also learn how to communicate, negotiate and engage in the world. But education can be even more empowering with an explicit focus on teaching gender equality and leadership skills to girls.
Exposure to female leaders improves perceptions of female leaders and weakens gender stereotypes about roles and norms among boys and girls, and men and women. It also significantly increases parents’ aspirations for their daughters and adolescent girls’ aspirations for their own education and careers.
Leadership skills, such as decision making and negotiation, equip girls with knowledge that allows them to navigate adolescence, relationships, and the world of finance and savings. Life skills education, leadership opportunities, and extracurricular activities like sports offered at an early age through adolescence are essential for the empowerment of girls and women, enabling them take control of their education and health.
A three-year program aimed at empowering girls and teaching leadership skills through sports in Bangladesh increased girls’ scores on an index of leadership competencies. For example, 75 percent of the girls active in the sports program identified themselves as leaders compared to just 31 percent of girls not in the program.
Read More At: http://www.malala.org/brookings-report/empower-girls
Who is Malala?
Who Is Malala Yousafzai? Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani education advocate who, at the age of 17 in 2014, became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize after surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban. … On October 9, 2012, a gunman shot Yousafzai when she was traveling home from school… Read More At: http://www.malala.org/