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One-Third of Girls With 4.0 GPAs Don’t Think They’re Smart — and Other Findings From National School Survey

The 74 Million – Kate Stringer

“Who run the world? If you ask Beyoncé, girls. But if you ask actual girls, the answer might be very different. A new national survey of nearly 11,000 girls between the ages of 10 and 18 shows that many lose confidence as they grow older, don’t view themselves as smart despite high GPAs, don’t believe they are good enough for their dream job, get depressed from social media, and feel pressured to sext. Despite this lack of confidence, most girls in the survey said they like to be in charge — but many fear taking leadership positions because they might be thought of as bossy.”(more)

Social Media and Technology Is Linked to Higher Depression Rates in Girls, According to Study

Education World – Joel Stice

“Between school, parents, and peers, being a teenager has never been an easy part of life. Teens today arguably have an added level of scrutiny and pressure to navigate because of the ever-growing presences of technology and social media. Whereas teens of the past could find some escape from whatever was going on in their school lives after the final bell rang, that just carries over with the prevalence of texting and social media. And the more time a teen spends with their phone or tablet in hand, the more likely they are to be depressed and lack self-confidence — particularly adolescent girls, says a new study.”(more)

Educating girls: the key to tackling global poverty

The Guardian – Laura Paddison

“Access to education shouldn’t be determined by a child’s gender, yet 130 million girls globally are out of school and 15 million girls of primary school age will never even enter a classroom. Educating girls gives them the freedom to make decisions to improve their lives, which has deep social implications. Giving girls access to schooling is a central part of eradicating global poverty, according to the World Bank, which says better educated women tend to be healthier, participate more in formal labour markets, have fewer children and marry later. The UN’s sustainable development goals call for gender equality and a quality education for all by 2030.”(more)

Quarter of 14-year-old girls ‘have signs of depression’

BBC – Michelle Roberts

“The government-funded study of over 10,000 young people looked at how many experienced the signs of depression not a clinical diagnosis of one. Being from a poorer background or being of mixed or white ethnic background appeared to raise the risk. Surveys with their parents, however, suggested many were not attuned to the true anxieties of their children. Parents often underestimated daughters’ stress and had concerns about sons that the boys themselves did not voice.”(more)

Stemming the tide of girls leaving science, math

The Indianapolis Star – Arika Herron

Over the past several decades, women have made gains in some STEM fields. According to data from the national Bureau of Labor Statistics, female participation in the medical and life sciences fields is about equal to that of men, with many women becoming doctors, nurses, medical researchers and more. Female participation in other STEM fields, though, remains persistently low. Women continue to make up just one-quarter of the workforce in computer and mathematical occupations and fill only 14 percent of jobs in architecture and engineering fields, according to that same data. Paul Ainslie is managing director of the I-STEM Resource Network, a partnership of public and private higher education institutions, K-12 schools, businesses and government, hosted by Purdue University. He said the problem is an 80-20 one in most STEM fields, where female participation hovers around 20 percent.”(more)