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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