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[Weekly Inspiration] Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection

[Weekly Inspiration] Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection

As Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, began her career in politics, she realized that many women often chose positions they knew they’d be successful in and avoided ones that had the possibility of failure. Through talking to other women, Saujani found that many women gravitate toward professions and careers that they know they’re going to be great in and often play it safe instead of taking risks. Saujani took what she learned and began the company Girls Who Code in 2012. Learn more about her mission to teach girls to be braver in her TED Talk below:

When asked about the importance of teaching bravery, Saujani summed it up best by saying “We have to teach them to be brave in schools and early in their careers, when it has the most potential to impact their lives and the lives of others, and we have to show them that they will be loved and accepted not for being perfect but for being courageous. And so I need each of you to tell every young woman you know -- your sister, your niece, your employee, your colleague -- to be comfortable with imperfection, because when we teach girls to be imperfect, and we help them leverage it, we will build a movement of young women who are brave and who will build a better world for themselves and for each and every one of us.”

How can you encourage those around you to choose bravery over perfection?

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Beth Holine joined Edmentum in 2011 as a Marketing Specialist. In her role, she works to provide teachers and educators with innovative, useful resources. Beth has a B.S. in Psychology from the Iowa State University.

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