- Girls’ self-esteem peaks when they are 9 years old, then takes a nose dive.
- Seven in ten girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school and relationships with friends and family members.
- 53% of American girls age 13 are “unhappy with their bodies.” This grows to 78% by the time girls reach seventeen.
- Girls’ dissatisfaction manifests around body image, particularly weight, at an alarmingly young age:
- Transition to teenage years results in loss of trust and communication with adults
- Girls with low self-esteem are significantly more likely to engage in negative behaviors
- Sports is where boys have traditionally learned about teamwork, goal-setting, the pursuit of excellence in performance and other achievement-oriented behaviors—critical skills necessary for success in the workplace. In an economic environment where the quality of our children’s lives will be dependent on two-income families, our daughters cannot be less prepared for the highly competitive workplace than our sons. It is no accident that 80% of the female executives at Fortune 500 companies identified themselves as former “tomboys”—having played sports.
- Girls and women who play sports have higher levels of confidence and self-esteem and lower levels of depression.
- Girls and women who play sports have a more positive body image and experience higher states of psychological well-being than girls and women who do not play sports.
- Girls who participate in extracurricular activities have more self-confidence and higher self-esteem.
- Research conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics found that participation in extracurricular activities have a positive correlation to the students’ attendance, GPA, test scores, and expected educational goals.
- People who have high opinions of themselves as teenagers and young adults earn more money than their less confident counterparts.
- High school girls who play sports are less likely to be involved in an unintended pregnancy; more likely to get better grades in school and more likely to graduate than girls who do not play sports.
- As little as four hours of exercise a week may reduce a teenage girl’s risk of breast cancer by up to 60%; breast cancer is a disease that afflicts one out of every eight American women. (Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 1994)
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