Leaning Out: Teen Girls & Leadership Biases

Leadership does not begin when we become adults and get jobs that demand leadership skills. We build leadership capabilities over our lifetime, beginning when we are young children. More than ever before, women hold key leadership roles, but still not at the same rate as men. How ready are today’s teen girls to continue breaking ground and close this leadership gap? Making Caring Common, a project of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, explored this question, and their research findings suggest that today’s teenagers – both boys and girls – currently hold biases against female leaders. In this session, we will review this research and then turn to action to explore ways to shift conversations with children to further reduce gender bias and lessen the impacts of gender bias on girls’ leadership opportunities. This workshop aims to identify practical ways that will help us continue shaping a world that creates a lifetime of equity for boys and girls.