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The last thirty years have seen an enormous global cultural shift that has begun to counteract the millennia long imbalance in opportunity between the genders.
However, although we see many areas of our culture making a shift towards equality, the residual effect of such a discrepancy is hard to eliminate overnight.
Boys, for example, grow up with the vast majority of successful people they may look up to sharing their gender. Notable athletes, CEOs, politicians, philosophers, even superheroes, are predominantly male.
The role models that young girls have to guide them are, on the other hand, far more limited in the public spotlight.
For this reason, it’s fruitful and optimistic that we have various movements that look to empower women. In fact, celebrations such as the Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, showcase the vast talent across womankind that may have largely gone unnoticed in the past.
Fortunately, we can help facilitate this process by creating a culture that inspires and encourages girls, so they grow up with confidence and self-esteem. Doing so will establish healthier families and relationships, strengthen global economies and everyone will benefit.
Here are 22 quotes to empower girls to be the best version of themselves.
Quotes about beauty
The beauty standards by which women have to hold themselves are unbelievably realistic. Such attitudes have been intensified in the age of social media and adds an enormous amount of pressure to girls who are among the first to grow up in such a strange world. As parents, friends, and teachers, we all have the responsibility to re-establish some sense of equilibrium to these lopsided attitudes, and help girls to grow up without the constant feeling of not being pretty enough.
Quotes about being yourself
Independence and autonomy have always been a trait that is valued among men. But at a time where individuality is more important than ever, particularly in the working world, it’s important that girls are empowered to blaze their own path as well. In the next generation, we should hopefully start to see more women in leadership roles. By empowering young girls to be entrepreneurs, we will bring balance to the world of business.
Quotes about strength
Strength, like autonomy, is another trait that has been traditionally valued more amongst men. Human beings all have the potential for great strength, although sometimes in very different ways, and we should look to show women they can be as strong and competent as anyone else in the world.