Pressure & Perfectionism
74% of girls say they are under pressure to please everyone (Girls Inc, The Supergirl Dilemma)
98% of girls feel there is an immense pressure from external sources to look a certain way (National Report on Self Esteem)
92% of teen girls would like to change something about the way they look, with body weight ranking the highest. (Dove campaign)
90% of eating disorders are found in girls (National Association for Self Esteem)
1 in 4 girls today fall into a clinical diagnosis – depression, eating disorders, cutting, and other mental/emotional disorders. On top of these, many more report being constantly anxious, sleep deprived, and under significant pressure. (The Triple Bind, Steven Hinshaw)
By age thirteen, 53% of American girls age 13 are “unhappy with their bodies.” This grows to 78% by the time girls reach seventeen.
34 women have ever served as governors compared to 2319 men (Center for American Women and Politics)
3% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women (CNN Money)
3% of clout positions in the mainstream media – telecommunications, entertainment, publishing and advertising- are held by women
3% of creative directors within ad agencies are women (Advertising Age)
80% of all purchasing decisions are made by women (Forbes)
89 countries have more women in national legislatures than the United States (Miss Representation/Inter-Parliamentary Union)
29% of American firms are owned by women, yet employ only 6% of the country’s workforce and account for barely 4% of business revenues.