Dove Let’s Talk Self Esteem Weekend #spon

I find it alarming that 6 out of 10 girls stop doing what they love because they feel bad about their looks. I understand why though, society teaches us that looks are so important, when actually they aren’t and should never be. I was a pretty active teenager in High School. I played field hockey and was in a few clubs, but I never gave my all. Mainly due to feeling less than perfect. Self-Confidence and beauty have to be taught and talked about, so let’s talk. There is something we can all do to help thanks to Dove Let’s Talk Self Esteem Weekend.

Dove Let’s Talk Self Esteem Weekend, 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 using the provided link. 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.

Dove® research shows that it is still important for us to discuss girls’ anxiety about looks, as 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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You can share your commitment to girls’ self-esteem with your friends on Facebook! Visit Dove’s Facebook Page or use the Send a Note of Confidence Link to select your message and share with your friends. You can also follow Dove on Twitter.

Disclosure: Thanks to Dove for sponsoring today’s discussion.

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About Tiffany

Tiffany is a wife and busy mom of two with a passion for blogging and connecting through social media.

Comments

  1. Horrible statistics for the women who think they’re beautiful! Great post and information!

  2. I think that’s the one big crime about the onslaught of media on our lives is that the distortion of beauty is systemic now… thanks for sharing the toolkit!

  3. I can’t wait to check out the toolkit! It really is sad that these statistics are so true an that girls do not feel beautiful! I love that Dove is helping!

  4. Why are we so hard on ourselves? Ugh! I love this Dove campaign! Thank you for sharing.

  5. Since college I’ve been keeping an eye on the Dove campaigns (my first semester I took a women’s studies class and the professor pointed out the differences in advertising affecting women’s views on themselves) and I have LOVED how this campaign has turned out. Keep it up, Dove! Our daughters are watching.

  6. I’m completely guilty. I was on my high school’s dance team but I rarely did anything social outside of that because I didn’t think people liked me. The first time I went back to my hometown about 7 years after I graduated, People were all over me, telling me how much they loved me back in the day and all sorts of guys told me what huge crushes they had on me. I wish I had been more confident in myself because I honestly thought people didn’t like me.

    I have a daughter and two sons, and I hope that I’m able to instill confidence in my daughter instead of self-loathing.

  7. Self confidence is multifaceted. I am learning this with my teen age daughter. She has all the confidence in the world on some levels, but being a new high school student, there are brand new attacks on her level of self assurance, positive self image and peer edification. The best any parent can do is invest in your children with time, love and commitment. Encourage them and listen to them so you know how to encourage and when. Listening is the hard part – we tend to listen with half closed ears and hearts – I know I am guilty of that at times. I pray often and ask God to show me what I do not see, help me to hear where I do not listen, and help me to receive where I have been closed off when it comes to my two children.

  8. These statistics are sad but I believe them! When I taught 10th and 11th grade econ/gov’t, so many of the girls hated themselves. I think the only thing we can do is work together as women to change things to make sure girls know they are beautiful – inside and out!

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