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Is Your Girl Jock a Future CEO?

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Goalie AND future CEO?

There is lots of helpful info out there telling us how to raise good, strong, smart, powerful girls. PBS Parents lists 16 great tips for raising daughters with self-confidence, and mainly it can be summarized as this: give her a lot of control and make sure you back her up.

Sort of act like you’re on a parent-daughter team.

And if you hope she’ll power through the corporate glass ceiling, consider encouraging her to be on a team — a sports team. Nearly half of all high-earning women (those earning over $75,000 a year) think of themselves as athletic. In general, only one in six women consider themselves so.

Jezebel‘s got the full story on the jock-achievement connection but here are the highlights:

  • More than 80 percent of all businesswomen were involved in some kind of sport in school.
  • More access to sports for girls can explain some significant gains for women in education.
  • Aggression is required on the court, even in girls’ sports. Could that have translated to the boardroom? Couldn’t have hurt.

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