The Self-Confidence Series: Girls Get Less Confident As They Grow Up

So my goal for this series is to be a How To Guide on becoming self-confident but I have been so interested in understanding why girls lose their childhood confidence. The last time I felt truly confident was back in primary school, which was well over a decade ago. In the last post, I mentioned this and how I felt unstoppable and I felt like I could accomplish anything back then.

I’ve been talking to other young women since and a lot have agreed that at some point growing up that youthful confidence we once had vanishes. I read an article published on the BBC website that supports my theory that girls are less confident as they grow older.  BBC Girls less confident as they grow older

In the research carried out by Girlguiding:

  • Only 1/3 of girls surveyed felt they’d do as well as their male peers
  • 1,627 girls polled felt less powerful as they progressed through secondary school.
  • 90% of 9/10-year-old girls felt they would have an equal chance as boys at succeeding in their careers
  • Dropping to 54% among 11- to 16-year-olds
  • Further dropped to 35% among 17 to 21-year-olds.

The Girlguiding charity wants to tackle these issues which is great because it’s devasting to think there are still so many young girls out there who feel inferior to their brothers and boys in their class just because of their gender.

What do you think? Has this been your experience? I’d love to hear how you tackled this!


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