Killing the Monster of Fear in Young Women

Huge donations have been given in support of the education and accomplishment of the girl child. While these have produced tremendous results, there still remains a large gap in the ratio of women to men in different careers and especially in positions that were traditionally perceived to be male oriented.

Some scientists have attempted to explain the differences in the male and the female brains as a possible reason for the differential performance of males and females in subjects such as mathematics and science. They explain that the male brain is more prone to reasoning than the female brain. However, research has established that empowered females perform even better than males in the male-oriented tasks. The monster that prevents the high accomplishment of young women is therefore FEAR.

While fear resides in every individual, it is important to note that right from a young age, most of the games that male children engage in involves adventure and some sense of danger. From a young age, the male child is brought up to deal with fear. This is evidenced in the way in which some traits are stereotyped. It is not uncommon to hear one tell a boy child: “Be brave like a man.”

This means that the most productive way to help young girls to counter fear is to place them within such an environment: a mix of fear and adventure, and a reward for emerging victorious. One such sporting activity is gliding. The experience of fighting wind currents and atmospheric temperature while soaring to worlds unknown is also a fight against stereotypes, perceived inabilities and psychologically inflicted incapacities. It is a fight with the monster of fear within.

The excitement when the glider finally lands represents a victory for the girl child. Considering that one victory begets another, with time, a chain of victories is soon realized in activities that one never believed they would succeed in. Therefore, gliding for young women is a sport that if supported by gifts and donations, has the capacity to promote gender equity in the long-term.

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