Overcoming the Confidence Gap
Stark gender differences are evident when students express how they perceive their abilities; and data shows that a lack of confidence is negatively affecting girls in the classroom. Research suggests that low confidence among teenage girls will result in failing to achieve their professional potential as women. In fact, only one in three girls with low self-esteem is confident in having a successful career; and this low self-esteem drastically reduces the likelihood of girls to follow ambitious career paths.
This lack of confidence is found to detrimentally affect females not just in the classroom, but in the workforce as well. In the year 2016, women have never been more powerful than they are currently. They are making strides in every industry in the country. They are fighting for equality and opportunities that weren’t offered before, and they are winning. More than half of the workforce is comprised of women and they are receiving more college degrees than men. Yet, they represent only five percent of the Chief Executives of the largest companies in the United States. The reason being a “lack of confidence”. While women have the competence to compete for top-level jobs, often their confidence is the factor holding them back.
The great news is that this is a trait that can be reversed with action.
eGirl Power empowers girls to improve their confidence, self-esteem, and achieve their full potential.
Girls who have participated in the eGirl Power program showed gains of up to 20% improvement in self-esteem, as measured in self-esteem surveys provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services