I finally woke up.
I saw the beginnings of entitlement unfurling within my eldest daughter. I looked around to see the same thing happening to her friends and peers; I was taken by the narrow lens of the way they viewed the world around them.
Admittedly, being a girl in this day and age is hard. With the advent of social media along with the pressures of society, pop culture, family and peers, it makes it even more complicated and that much harder to just be a girl.
Research has shown that it is within the ages of 12-18 when it is the most crucial time in an adolescent girl’s life. These are the formative years when behaviors and mindsets take shape and lead to womanhood.
Consider the current landscape for professional women. There is endless conversation about gender parity, not enough women at the C-suite, motherhood bias in the workplace, and so on. There is discussion about the need for more women in certain industries or positions: STEM fields, finance and banking, leadership and top management in filmmaking, hi- and hard-tech start-ups, and more. But what are we doing to ensure the next generation doesn’t spin the same wheel, ask the same questions?
This is a very important topic for me as a mother to four girls ages 2 to 11. I want my daughters to know there are options for them that were not available to me or my mom or the women before us. My wish is for girls to broaden their perspective at the possibilities and through bentogirl, inspiration to create for themselves a broader, courageous version of what they can become.
We are in an era, more than ever, where the wisdom of women, young and old together, is very much needed. It is my belief that with holistically supporting all of her being, girls with dreams become women with vision.
Founder & CEO, bentogirl