For the first time in it’s history, the United States may elect its first female President. For some this is historic but for other’s – not so much.
The concept of powerful female leaders is not uncommon in the world. The Prime Minister of Germany, Angela Merkel, is a woman and England had a woman Prime Minister over 35 years ago. But, the United States has never had a woman President or even Vice President.
When the news came out that a woman may become the U.S. President, many women thought this was historic but many young women and girls didn’t agree. This was not history making to some because many girls believed that they would see a woman President in their lifetime. So it was kind of like, it’s not historic, it’s just time. There’s something about this that is fantastic! To many girls and young women the idea of a woman in such a high office is not earth shattering. Let us give you a different perspective…
The first woman to rule a country as an elected leader in the modern era was Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka, who was elected as prime minister of the island nation in
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony spent their lives fighting for women’s suffrage (women’s right to vote), but neither lived long enough to see the Amendment granting them the right to vote in 1920.
The first person to make the daring attempt to go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel was a woman in 1901. She survived with only a cut on her head.
At the first Winter Olympic Games in 1924, the only event open to women was figure skating. Only 15 women participated in these games.
Roberta Gibb was the first woman to run and finish the Boston Marathon in 1966. Of course, she didn’t get official credit for it, women were not officially allowed to enter the race until 1972.
In 1903, Mary Anderson, an inventor, was granted a patent for the windshield wiper, an invention that is on every automobile today.
Civilization, as we know it, has been around for a little over 6,000 years. Women have been recognized for making significant contributions (if we count the woman going over Niagara Falls in a barrel) or have held leadership positions for less than 2% of that time. So while it is great that some of us take for granted that the U.S. may have its first female President, it is still historic. In fact, less than 100 years ago, women couldn’t even vote for President in the U.S.
Women have made a huge difference (hello!?- windshield wipers) in the short time we have been making history. We owe a lot to all the amazing, trailblazing women who have come before us. But, yes, our contributions are still considered novel and history making. We dream of the time when they’re not. We can only imagine the day when our accomplishments are not started with “The First Female…” We look forward to the day when we don’t refer to women in power as “Female place title here” but just simply Prime Minister or President or Supreme Leader of the Whole Universe. 😀
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No, it’s not the latest make up trick or the greatest dance since the Dougie. It’s a really common and sad trick that we play on ourselves. Camouflaging is when we change the way we look or act just to fit in with everyone else and not stand out as the beautiful, unique girls that we really are. Chameleons, the lizards, do this to survive. In a world that sometimes seems that it wants us all to be the same, I guess we camouflage for the same reason – to survive.
But we are different from lizards and we don’tneed to blend in to survive. Blending in only makes us average – and who strives to be just average? The sad part about camouflaging is that when you start hiding who you really are from the people around you, you end up hiding your true self from the most important person: YOURSELF.
People that research the camouflaging phenomenon (and yes it is considered a phenomenon) call it “The Thirty Year Power Outage.” Why? Because they estimate that once a girl starts camouflaging, usually at around 9 or 10, she will likely continue to do it for another 30 years. 30 years!!! That means that until you are about 40 you will be living the life that someone else has created for you. It means giving away the Power over your own life for 30 years.
Think of all of the huge decisions you will make between 10 and 40. What job do you want to do, who your friends will be, where you will live, who you may marry – the list goes on and on. Who wants to wake up when they’re 40 and realize that many of the decisions that they have made in their life have been to please someone else? Think about looking back over thirty years and realizing that you spent that time living someone else’s dream!
It takes confidence and guts to resist camouflaging. It takes being aware of the times when you find yourself camouflaging, to actually resist “camouflaging”. Now that you know that trying to fit in by hiding your true self can change the next 30 years of your life, is camouflaging worth it? Be good to your future 40 year old self (Yikes!). Be strong, be different. Be your beautiful, amazing, original, magnificent self!
We’re not surprising anyone by saying that the world is a very big place. It’s easy to think that we are so small that we don’t have the power to make a difference in the world. We want to tell you three stories about three girls who used their voice to save something, change something or bring awareness to issues that were important to them. We hope the stories of these smart, strong and outspoken girls will inspire you to use your voice to make your impact on the world. ONE girl can make a difference!!!
Want to Know the Key to Being REALLY Good at Something?
STOP Practicing What You’re Already Good At!!!
This sounds crazy but it’s actually true. This week we’re talking about comfort zone. Comfort zone is like your “sweet spot,” it’s that place where whatever you do feels familiar or even easy. The comfort zone is a great place to be unless you really want to be smarter, more skilled, more creative and more confident.
You’ve probably heard a lot (even here at GirlNation) about taking risks and going outside your comfort zone and how that can make you feel more confident. But why?
When we continue to do things that we already know or that we are already good at we don’t feel a need to push ourselves further. In fact, we’re actually a little afraid to – I mean- how would it look to mess up at something “everyone” already knows we’re so good at. That would be so embarrassing.
But think about when you are learning something new. You usually don’t expect yourself to be great the first time you try something. There’s little risk. If you mess up it’s okay, you’re just learning. But if you practice and you get really good at something new, how GREAT does that feel? That awesome feeling of accomplishing something you didn’t think you could, is CONFIDENCE.
At GirlNation we are dedicated to helping all girls to be strong and empowered. THE key, the most important influence in empowering girls, is school. Educating girls has a powerful impact not only on their own lives but on society as a whole. Check out these facts to see how important it is for girls to go to school and get an education.
The United Nations says that education is a basic right for ALL children yet 124 Million children do not have access to schools. Of all those kids, most are girls. Of all the people in the world who cannot read, twice as many are female. BUT, the number of girls having a chance to go to school is increasing.
The single biggest reason why kids can’t go to school is because their country is at war and it is too dangerous to go to school or they have been forced out of their homes. BUT, educating girls directly reduces the risk of a country being at war. (There are lots of reasons why this happens but they all point back to sending girls to school.)
Girls who are educated are healthier than girls that are not and healthier women are able to earn more and have less of a risk of living in poverty.
In the U.S., more girls than guys go to college and have a higher rate of graduating which means the percentage of college-educated women is 15 percent higher than men. BUT, in their lifetime, women will earn less than men. As more girls continue to get more education there will be more women who are in influential positions in government and in corporations. This will cause this earnings difference to get smaller.
Educating girls provides them with more leadership opportunities and women are the most powerful – seriously, they have the biggest impact – on creating social change and promoting peace.
Okay, sorry, that ended up being more than 5 things…