Start Raising Braver Girls by Encouraging Productive Risk Taking

Risk-taking and learning from failure are important life lessons…but how can we encourage our daughters/sisters/granddaughters/nieces to experiment with risk and failure in positive ways? Here are two TED talks about doing just that:

To Raise Brave Girls, Encourage Adventure

“Gutsy girls skateboard, climb trees, clamber around, fall down, scrape their knees, get right back up — and grow up to be brave women. Learn how to spark a little productive risk-taking and raise confident girls with stories and advice from firefighter, paraglider and all-around adventurer Caroline Paul.”


Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection

“We’re raising our girls to be perfect, and we’re raising our boys to be brave, says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. Saujani has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program — two skills they need to move society forward. To truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half of our population, she says. “I need each of you to tell every young woman you know to be comfortable with imperfection.”