Confidence Building for Girls

“Right until age 8, there’s really no difference [between girls and boys] in confidence levels,” says author Claire Shipman. “We were surprised at how quickly, how deep that drop is.” A study by Shipman and Katty Kay, the co-authors of the best-selling book “The Confidence Code,” found that girls’ confidence drops by 30% between the ages of 8 and 14. In our timely interview, they discuss their research on girls and confidence and share advice on how parents can help counter this trend and help their Mighty Girls stay confident into their tween and teen years and beyond. To read more, visit
Kay and Shipman are the authors of an excellent confidence-building guide for tween girls ages 8 and up, “The Confidence Code for Girls,” at
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