“Seven in ten girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school and relationships with friends and family members.” (source: Real Girls, Real Pressure report.) This is astonishing. We have to do something about this.
I often get asked why I blog. Several reasons, but mainly because I hope to inspire women to be the best they can be. By inspiring mothers I hope to help enrich their lives, which will, in turn, inspire their children.
Recently, I was contacted and told about the Dove (you know, the soap people) Self-Esteem Fund. Dove’s been doing a great job over the past several years by doing provocative commercials with their campaign for “real beauty” where woman (of all shape, race and size) are shown just as they are in real life. They represent all of us. Now, Dove is helping young girls with self esteem — this is something we can all grab onto to help the next generation grow up to be strong, smart women.
Here are some statistics from a report that was commissioned by the Dove Self-Esteem Fund.
Real Girls, Real Pressure: A National Report on the State of Self-Esteem, reveals that there is a self-esteem crisis in this country that pervades every aspect of a girlâ€™s life including her looks, performance in school and relationships with friends and family members
- 62% of all girls feel insecure or not sure of themselves
- 57% of all girls have a mother who criticizes her own looks
- More than half (57%) of all girls say they donâ€™t always tell their parents certain things about them because they donâ€™t want them to think badly of them
- The top wish among all girls is for their parents to communicate better with them which includes more frequent and more open conversations as well as discussions about what is happening in their own lives
Wow. These statistics are powerful. Only three in every 10 girls feels worthy. What is wrong with this picture?
On Dove’s Web site they have set up an area with tools to help parents teach their girls about self esteem. You can view and download several tools to help you start the conversation. Visit the site here.
ENTER TO WIN:
The Dove people sent me a prize pack to give away. It includes a T-shirt and two books.
- “Life Doesn’t Begin 5 Pounds from Now” by Jessica Weiner
- “Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters” by Courtney E. Martin
- Dove’s “You’re Beautiful pass it on” T-shirt
Just submit a comment to this blog post. (Be sure to fill in your email address on the comment form so I can contact you if you win. Those without an email address will be disqualified.)
The lucky winner will be randomly selected.
Deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008.
Only one entry per person please.
The winner will be announced on the blog after Dec. 9.
Click the comment link below to submit your comment for inclusion in the contest.