Although women make up half the work force, earn more college and grad degrees than men, and hold 85% of consumer purchasing power, they still don't speak up as often as men in coed settings. The reasons are complicated. More than ever, we need women advocating for themselves and others, and creating policies to protect the rights of girls and women.
Social media--where girls and young women have access to speak up and share their ideas--is being used mainly to share "selfies," collect "likes," and make sure they are not being excluded or ridiculed.
We can, and must, do far better than this!
Use of media:
- The average girls spends 8 to 10 hours a day consuming media. (The Representation Project)
- 68% of 13- to 14-year-olds use smartphones (Pew Research, 2015)
- 92% of teens report going online daily with 24% using the internet “almost constantly,” and 56% going online several times a day
- Teen girls send an average of 40 texts per day; older teen girls send an average of 50 texts per day. (Pew Research, 2015)
- 92% of American teens go online daily; 24% go online 'almost constantly,' and 56% 'several times a day." (Pew Research, 2015)
- More than half (52%) of all teens report using Instagram to share photos and video with friends, with girls substantially more likely to use it than boys (61% to 44%).
- Girls confidence peaks at age nine. (American Association of University Women)
- 40% of 7- to 10-year-olds sometimes felt ashamed or embarrassed about their bodies (2016 survey by Girl Guides)
- 70% of girls with low body-esteem won't be assertive in stating their opinion (Dove Self-Esteem Research)
61% of teens said use social media to if their online posts are getting likes and comments. (CNN Being 13 study, 2016)
- Four of the five most popular forms of social media harm young people’s mental health, with Instagram the most damaging, according to research by two health organisations.
- 86% of respondents on Proud2Bme.co.uk say social-media sites like Facebook and Twitter hurt their body conﬁdence.
- 56% of teens feel that ads are the main cause of low self-esteem. (StageofLife blogging site, 2013)
- In a multi-year study of 12- to 17 year olds, those who saw the most sex on TV, across all age groups, were twice as likely to initiate intercourse within the next year as were those who saw the least. (Rand Health)
- 53% of 13-year-old girls are unhappy with their bodies, which increases to 78% by age 17. (Nat'l Institute on Media and the Family)
- Of the 1.7 million cosmetic surgeries performed in 2015, breast augmentation is number one (American Society of Plast Surgeons)
- 60% of girls stop doing things they love because they feel bad about their looks. (Research from Dove Self-esteem project)
- Girls exposed to sexualized images from a young age are more prone to depression, eating disorders, and low self-esteem. (APA)
- “The more time adolescent girls spent on Facebook, the more likely they are to develop a negative body image and eating disorders.” (University of Haifa, 2011)