Inspiration for parents, teachers, counselors, and mentors
When my first book for girls, The Girls
Guide to Life, was released, I expected to hear from
lots of girls.
While I did hear from quite a few (which
was wonderful), their numbers were nowhere near the numbers
of adults who contacted me in search of more information.
I discovered that parents, teachers, counselors, and youth
organization leadersnot to mention aunts, uncles,
and librariansare in fairly desperate need of ideas
for inspiring and empowering girls. Theyve embraced
The Girls Guide to Life to the point that my publisher
is planning a second edition. This makes sense, because
while girls are bound up in their everyday lives, its
their parents, teachers, counselors, and role models who
care most fervently about their development, and who recognize
the potential of their own input and influence.
Helping girls remain confident in the face
of societal pressures, retain their voices, and outsmart
obstacles is a continuous challenge. What do you do beyond
applying the basic self-esteem-building advice, such as
emphasizing girls intelligence over their appearance
and encouraging them to try new career alternatives? There
are lots of things you can do, and a slew of excellent resources,
and I will share some of them with you in this section.
Since my books are centered around quotes
and Im a believer in the power of even one quote to
shift a girls perceptions of the world, each edition
will feature one quote relevant to girls and their potential,
along with a little perspective, related facts and figures,
and ideas for nurturing self-esteem and inspiring daughters,
students, nieces, and mentees.
I hope this section is valuable for you.
Please let me know if youd like to see any particular
topics addressed in Quips & Tips.
& Tips #1
To throw obstacles in the way of a complete
education is like putting out the eyes.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, suffragist, social reformer,
You want your daughter to go to college.
You want to help your students get into top-notch schools.
What can you do short of droning on about the importance
of studying hard, getting good grades, and getting into
an Ivy League institution?
Understandably, its tough for teen
girls to think that far ahead and picture how having gone
or not gone to college will actually impact their day-to-day
lives. However, every girl is aware that in this society,
money talks. This gives you a piece of information that
can make her sit up, take notice, and vividly see herself
in the future: the stark contrast in income between college
grads and non-college attendees.
How stark is that contrast? The U.S.
Department of Labor tracks the pay that college graduates
and nongraduates (25 years and older) earn. The average
hourly pay for grads is $20.53. This amount drops to $11.98
for those without degrees. Whats more, says USA
Today, its easier to get a job in a slow economy
if you have a college degree.
This could be just what you need to turn
college into something cool in her mind. But did you know
its also the new bastion of girl power? Yep, according
to 60 Minutes, more girls are getting college
degrees than boys. A Florida State University study found
that while 66 percent of boys are shooting for college degrees,
seventy-five percent of girls expect the same.
Share these tidbits with the girls in your
life and watch them start hitting the books.
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