Schools are holding girls back from success later in life, says expert
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The education system is to blame for women not being able to succeed in the workplace, according to the chief executive of the Girls’ Day School Trust. Helen Fraser has observed that girls do not appear to be going through life with the same ease as boys, because they are allowing their “inner critic” to stop them. This “critic” is the result of being a part of a system that does not do enough to encourage girls to take risks, according to Fraser. “We need to persuade girls to challenge that inner critic that judges you, tells you you’re not good enough, that your ideas aren’t worth hearing,” she said at her organisation's annual conference. A study done by the National Citizen Service found that a quarter of British girls don’t consider themselves brave, and out of 1,000 surveyed 20% of girls aged 12-18 said they have never done anything adventurous. According to Fraser schools push the female population to be “quiet, neat, good girls” and ultimately are setting them up for failure in the workplace.
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