Teach bravery, not perfection

Reshma Saujani will address CUNA's 2019 America’s Credit Union Conference.

Girls are often taught to avoid risk and failure. And that affects their lives and the lives of others.

“We’re taught to smile pretty, play it safe, get good grades. Boys, on the other hand, are taught to play rough, swing high, crawl to the top of the monkey bars, and then just jump off head first,” Reshma Saujani, founder/CEO of Girls Who Code, says in her TED talk, “Teach girls, bravery not perfection.”

“We’re raising our girls to be perfect, and we’re raising our boys to be brave.”

Instead, if you teach girls to be brave, they’ll become more comfortable with imperfection. As a result, they’ll take chances, create new things, and end up building a better world.


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