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Week 12: PRESSURE and PERFECTIONISM


The pressures our girls face today are overwhelming in the arenas of academics, sports, looks, social media, friendships and family. The pressure broiler of perfection is real and until we acknowledge our roles as parents, as well as society's role, we will continue to see our daughters suffer from the effects. How do we balance healthy expectations and unrealistic ones? When are we building resiliency and when are we assisting in burn out and depression/anxiety? It begins with talking about the perfectionism placed on our girls and women, shedding light on the darkness. This is a good place to start:


7 in 10 girls believe they are not good enough or they do not measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school and relationships with family and friends - Real Girls, Real Pressure

74% of girls say they are under pressure to please everyone

98% of girls feel there is an immense pressure form external sources to look a certain way

92% of teen girls would like to change something about the way they look, with body weight ranking the highest

90% of eating disorders are found in girls

1 in 4 girls fall into a clinical diagnosis- depression, eating disorders, anxiety and cutting

53% of American girls are unhappy with their bodies and 78% are unhappy with their bodies by the age of seventeen

GENDER DISPARITY:

34 women have EVER served as governors compared to 2319 men (Center for American Women and Politics)

3% of Fortune 500 CEO's are women (CNN Money)

3% of clout positions in the mainstream media- telecommunications, entertainment, publishing and advertising- are held by women

80% of all purchasing decisions are made by women (Forbes)

89 countries have more women in national legislature than the United States

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