5 Lessons We Should Stop Teaching Girls


Clear your plate

Whether you’re hungry or not, keep eating until all of the food is gone.


New lesson:

We don’t want to be wasteful, so don’t put too much on your plate.

Listen to your body.

When you feel full, stop eating.


Be ladylike.

How many of us suppress our thoughts and feelings because we don’t want to inconvenience anyone with them?

New lesson:

Be considerate, but always speak your mind!


Ambition is not an attractive quality

And thus we limit ourselves.

New lesson:

Reach for the stars.

Toot your own horn.

Conquer the world.

And make a ton of money while you’re at it.


It’s not polite to talk about money

Women miss out on hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of a career

because we’re not comfortable negotiating on our own behalf.

New lesson:

Be discreet, but know what you’re worth and say so.

Once you earn it, you need to know how to manage it for yourself too.


He pushed you down on the playground because he likes you


New lesson:

No one gets to touch you without your permission.

Boys who really like you will not be mean to you.

He pushed you down because he’s an asshole.

Tell a grown-up and if it happens again, knock his block off.


I will definitely use these rules when I have a little girl.





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