In recent years, research has well documented the silencing of girls' voices in our culture during the pivotal adolescent years. Girls are typically loud, opinionated, and physically confident until age 12 or so; then many girls begin silencing their own voices. The sassy, tree-climbing 10-year-old who expects justice from the world for everyone, including herself, often turns into a soft-spoken, passive 13-year-old who may still demand justice from the world - but, strangely, not for herself. This fact sheet discusses tips on how fathers and stepfathers can counter negative cultural messages by encouraging their daughters to speak up and by rewarding them when they do. (Author abstract)
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