Today I wanted to put together a little post for all you gals out there, to give you a big ol’ pat on the back and tell you it’s very cool to be smart, intelligent and confident. Growing up and going through secondary school I was always encouraged by my mum to work hard, try new things and to embrace my talents (thanks mum – you’re the best!).
These days though I am constantly left feeling a little sad at the way that some (and it is only some!) young females act, dumbing down themselves to sound foolish and ditzy. I know this role is something many females can be guilty of playing up to.
The idea of playing dumb is a toxic one. It can teach females that they should hide their intelligence. You just have to pop your head into a secondary school classroom to find a girl who’s confidence is extremely low. Or a workplace to find a woman who has trouble explaining what she is great at in a performance review.
If you are guilty of this then please stop playing into the hands of sexists, it sends out a message to young females that success can often lie in pretending to be stupid, and that it’s not okay for females to admit to having brains.