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I Want Girls to Raise Their Hand


Women need to raise their hand. To have an impact on business, you have to have a voice. To have a voice, you have to be visible and being visible is a habit that needs to start at a young age.

Alice Paul Tapper understands the importance of raising your hand and felt so strongly about it, she spearheaded a campaign to create a new Girl Scout patch to encourage young girls to stand up and be counted. Alice started her campaign when she was just ten years old.

The New York Times heard about her efforts and asked her to pen an op-ed article for their online newspaper. Opinion: I’m 10. I Want Girls to Raise Their Hand. 

“People say girls have to be 90 percent confident before we raise our hands, but boys just raise their hands. I tell girls that we should take the risk and try anyway, just like the boys do. If the answer is wrong, it’s not the end of the world. It’s not like answering a trivia question to win a million dollars on live TV,” Alice Tapper

Raise Your Hand is Now a Book

raise their hand, raise your hand, Alice TapperAlice’s message was so impactful that it is now available from Amazon as a children’s book. In the author’s bio, we find this brilliant description of Alice, now 11 years old:

” this picture book illustrates her (Alice’s) determination, bravery, and unwillingness to accept the status quo”

It Takes Self-Efficacy

Would that others would say the same about us? It starts by having the courage, confidence, and self-efficacy to raise your hand and be heard. Women who have self-efficacy (confidence) can help motivate themselves through situations where their confidence might be undermined by the corporate culture or individual management styles.

Often, it takes women years to develop confidence in what they bring to the table to raise their hands and be heard. Perhaps the best thing in the article by Alice is the self-assurance that allows her to say:

“I tell girls that we should take the risk and try anyway, just like the boys do. If the answer is wrong, it’s not the end of the world.”

Amen, to that and congrats to Miss Alice Paul Tapper. She is definitely one to watch!

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JJ DiGeronimo JJ DiGeronimo, a speaker, author, and thought-leader for Women in Tech and Girls and STEM, empowers professional women and consults with senior executives on strategies to retain and attract Women in Technology to increase thought and leadership diversity within organizations.

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