“Brave” Versus “Perfect”

“We’re raising our girls to be perfect, and we’re raising our boys to be brave.”

This is followed by most of the people across the world. Girls should be perfect, smile, play pretty and avoid risks and failures. While on the other hand, boys are taught to be brave, strong, crawl on the bars, rough it out and swing high. By the time these boys grow up and ask these pretty perfect girls out for a date they adapt to taking risks and risks and more risks. Thus it is so true that we raise perfect girls and brave boys.

Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code, wants to change this attitude about girls being perfect and boys being brave. Some years ago she did something “brave” or rather stupid as quoted by her. She stood for Congress. Earlier she had been in politics but was always in the backstage as an organizer and a fundraiser. By coming to the forefront she wanted to disrupt the status quo. When she ran for the polls her pollster said that there was no way she could win. She swore to herself that she will win, so she got herself endorsed, raised money from everyone possible. On the day of the polls she only got 19% of the votes but what she achieved was that in her entire life she did something brave and she did not have to worry about being perfect. This was an eye opening experience.  Read more…

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Shubhra Rastogi Written by:

Well, about me I can say that I am a certified dentist, healthcare analyst, medical writer and above all a mother of a 6-year-old. Most of my day to day activities revolve around her and she is my inspiration to start this blog. As a mother, I experimented with a lot of new things for my little one in a quest to find the best for her. I just want to share my experiences of being a happy and content mum.

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