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This post comes at a time that I can use more confidence as I contemplate a big life change that is inspired by my daughters. I want to follow my dreams so that they have confidence to follow their own dreams. So good to hear these words of encouragement, and great to know that I’m not alone!
Thank you for the encouragement. As mothers and/or leaders in our world, we have to be the confidence we hope to see in others.
I have been a middle school math teacher for the past 20 years and I have seen women gain confidence and dominate in the classroom over the years. When I started teaching in the early 90’s, the focus was on how to change the classroom to be more female friendly. It was said that girls needed more time to reflect on their answers before raising their hands, etc. Although this is true, frankly, I am more worried about the boys at this point. Girls typically have a more mature attitude in middle school and often are more self disciplined. Not sure when women are completely falling behind the men… Being a mom can rock your world, and put a hold on personal career plans. I do not think this shift is necessarily a bad thing, but it does often cause women to fall behind in the work place.
I love the clothes and the “feeling” exuded by this catalog, but wonder what is Title Nine doing to empower girls, whatever age they are.
I think it would be wonderful if Title Nine partnered with the Girls Rock Camp Alliance, an affiliation of music camps throughout the country (and the world) who quite literally help girls find their voices and push back against cultural pressures to be silent. It is interesting that during the renaissance, Castiglione’s advice to a female musician is that “she should first have to be coaxed a little, and should begin with a certain shyness, suggesting the dignified modesty that brazen women cannot understand.” It breaks my heart that this behavior still prevails! I am so glad Aretha Franklin missed the memo! I am in charge of GirlsRock!Boise. Check out the GRCA camp in your area.
One thing that I would like to add is that my daughters are all stronger and more independent than I am,and I just need to accept that and be proud of them. I am 56 now and enjoy doing my own thing,I have horses and love to ride,they don’t ,they are runners,I don’t run anymore,but we all can do things that we love without each other.
I am 66 and can really relate to what you said about the confidence gap. Practicing TM and being inspired by my daughters have enabled me to break boundaries and try new things. I have a ways to go, but feel encouraged by your perceptive comments, and it is easier nowadays to feel “younger” while getting “older”.
I appreciate the sentiment, but I wonder what Title 9 (profitable company with a high profile among women) is doing in a concrete way to further these goals? Donations? Any advocacy beyond emails to customers?
I’d love to know?
I realize that the best way I can leave a mark, a note, an image or a message to my fellow females is to act in a brave and courageous (not necessarily fearless) way. I recently decided to move 3000 miles from my home in Vermont to Portland, OR by myself…no friends, no family…just me.
I am 42 and starting a new life in a new place and I couldn’t be more excited or more scared poopless…but change is necessary and promotes good growth. I hope I am an inspiration to others to try new things and get out of one’s comfort zone (and not in fact a warning to all)!
With the encouragement from my sisters and my husband I started my own business. I have been designing for outdoor companies for 25+ years and maybe just like the people who work at Title Nine, I found a huge group of encouraging people in the outdoors. I find encouragement to bridge the gap from Title Nine and it’s uplifting website.
i think you need all the doubting moments along w/ the exciting, yes-I-can-do-it moments.
Being a competent, kind, confident and effective leader is how we should role model ourselves to our children and colleagues. Believing and acting on our abilities is how we will continue to make strides and waves in society, business and history. We do owe it to ourselves and our daughters & sons!