When they look around they see the culture we live in and it doesn’t exemplify powerful women as often as it should. Young girls begin to feel that they don’t fit into leadership roles and back down from the challenge of becoming strong women in the community. The League of Courageous Women was founded on the belief that by creating a community of powerful women, we can help each other rise on the next level of our journey together.
There are staggering statistics that motivate the forces behind the League. For example, the desire to be a leader peaks at 44% in elementary school but drops dramatically to 36% in middle school.
The impacts have long-term implications in what some have dubbed the leaky pipeline of leadership. In 2014, women comprised only 4.6% of Fortune 500 company CEOs and made up only 14.6% of the top executive positions. In government, women made up only 15% of Congress and 12% of governorships. Even in nonprofits, women held only 19% of the CEO positions in the 400 largest charities.
While having a career is an important endeavor of leadership, allowing our daughters to lean back can put them at much greater risk emotionally.
- 7 in 10 girls believe they are not good enough, don’t measure up with their looks, performance in school, and relationships with family and friends.
- Nationwide 9% of girls have needed treatment for emotional, behavioral, and development issues.
- As of 2015, 23% of high school girls seriously considered suicide, compared to 19% in 2007.
The League strives to create a safe and authentic space for young women to build confidence, practice leadership, and support one another in order to keep girls away from the slippery slope of self-esteem issues. Our vision is to create a place where our young women can work together, building a lasting network of friends and supportive mentors.