Oct 5, 2012

Dove’s Self- Esteem weekend is October 5th-7th | Let's do our part to help young girls build strong self-esteem #spon


Did you know that 6 out of 10 girls stop doing what they love because they feel bad about their looks?


 


I can certainly believe this from my own experiences. I remember for most of my childhood, I was ashamed to wear certain clothes or participate in sports because I was so thin. I was often made fun of and spent many nights crying myself to sleep. Most people think only overweight girls go through feelings of shame but it turns out that underweight girls feel just as much pain. It took me a long time to accept the fact that I was so "skinny" and thankfully feel good about myself. With two teenage daughters, I work extra hard on helping them feel good about themselves.

Dove® research shows that it is still important for us to address girls' anxiety about looks, as there is a universal increase in beauty pressure and a decrease in girls' confidence as they grow older. Key findings from our latest research include:

 • Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful (up from 2% in 2004)
 • Only 11% of girls globally are comfortable using the word beautiful to describe themselves
 • 72% of girls feel tremendous pressure to be beautiful • 80% of women agree that every woman has something about her that is beautiful but do not see their own beauty
 • More than half (54%) of women globally agree that when it comes to how they look, they are their own worst beauty critic

 SOURCE: Dove Research: The Real Truth About Beauty: Revisited
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Join women across the county, October 5-7, when Dove will be holding a nationwide rally to talk about beauty, confidence and self-esteem. Commit to talk to the girl in your life during the weekend and beyond – it all starts with a conversation. If you can’t share over the weekend, any time is a good time to start the conversation.

Not sure where to start? Download the Let’s Talk Toolkit  Created with Jess Weiner, Dove Global Self-Esteem Ambassador, this is a great resource for all women on starting a conversation in a simple way. Ask, Share, Listen and Act -- you’ll find unintimidating ways to do make these a natural part of your talk about Self-Esteem.

You can share your commitment to girls’ self-esteem with your friends on Facebook! Visit the Dove Facebook Page or use the Send a Note of Confidence Link to select your message and share with your friends. Also follow Dove on Twitter and use the hashtag #DoveInspired.

With so many simple ways to get involved, won't you do your part to help build strong self-esteem in our girls?

This article is sponsored by Dove. 
Shelly, Mom Files

7 comments:

  1. This is SUCH a crucial topic!! I've battled with low self-esteem for many, many years and it gets in the way of so many amazing things! I commend Dove for tackling the topic!

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  2. It's so different seeing thing through the eyes of my daughter. I so want her to be self-confident yet I see how every stray comment crushes her so hard to watch!

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  3. Self esteem is so important. Our girls need to value their worth more, imagine the possibilities if they had a better self-image! What a wonderful cause by Dove, I'd like to see it soar.

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  4. Wow that is a very interesting topic and post.
    I know that I haven't fully accepted me. I know the pain behind it. It's been a long journey where I am now where I can actually stand up for myself.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I absolutely love that DOVE does this. I have used several of their resources before in group counseling sessions.

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  6. Self esteem has always been a big issue for me personally. I am glad to see programs like this to help boost that of young girls and even women.

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  7. I believe we have all suffered from some type of self esteem issue. I can definitely relate being a plus size curvy woman and I love that Dove has this program and is being a voice for young women today.

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