Girls & Women’s Self Esteem: SurveyStud

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 or 25% of 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.

– 7 in 10 girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school and relationships with family and friends.

– Real Girls, Real Pressure: National Report on the State of Self-Esteem, Dove Self-Esteem Fund

Gender Disparity

– 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.


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