ERIC Number: ED158940
Record Type: Non-Journal
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Choices & Careers; Free to Choose: Parenting Daughters.
Finley, Cathaleen; Wolf, Delores
Pressure from the mass media, parents, and peers often causes young girls to concentrate on their most external aspects at a time when the inner demand for self definition is equally important. In the struggle to receive attention from boys, many girls suppress their identities, fearful that if they allowed their true selves to emerge they would not be attractive as women. Physical activities are often abandoned and girls fail to develop strength and pride in their bodies. Grades slide as they decide to settle for being clerical workers or teachers instead of scientists or engineers. Society seems to declare motherhood as the ultimate goal for a girl, regardless of her abilities or interests, yet often that is completed by the time a woman is 40. Her children are grown, the external beauty is faded, and little else is left for her. Girls need to be aware of all that the future may hold; they need to prepare themselves in terms of their own goals, abilities and preferred life styles. This document concludes with two sections that suggest discussions and other activities parents can utilize in helping their daughters develop their own individual talents, independence, and self confidence. (Author/DS)
Publication Type: Guides - General
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Sponsor: Extension Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Univ. Extension.