How Do We Encourage More Young Women to Innovate and Transform the World

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

I am the mother of a 3 year-old girl. Each day I think of ways to help her develop into an intelligent, independent, unapologetic, brave, creative, compassionate, and resilient human being. I realize that one of the hardest plights in life is being born a girl, which means she will spend a lifetime standing up for herself and fighting. She will have to fight for her voice to be heard, fight for the people and causes she deeply cares about, fight against stereotypes, fight against inequality, and fight her own self doubt. So how do I prepare her and the young girls I teach for a lifelong journey of fighting, because it is unfair to just inspire passion, ideas, and skills to transform the world and not address the hardships females face. Below are a few ideas on how I believe we teach young women to be successful, innovative, and transform the world. I am also including a video about a keynote I gave last year for International Women’s Day with ideas on how women can help each other be successful and have their voices heard.

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