Girls should never feel unable to speak up — not in a classroom as kids and not in a conference room as adults. And one young girl scout is aiming to teach girls just that.
According to Scary Mommy, Alice Paul Tapper (daughter of CNN’s Jake Tapper) wrote an op-ed published in The New York Times, called “I’m 10. And I Want Girls to Raise Their Hands,” all with an aim of getting her peers to speak up and use their voice in the classroom. But not only did she write on the topic, she also took action.
After noticing boys standing in front and answering all the questions on a fourth-grade field trip, Scary Mommy says Tapper went back to her Girl Scout troop feeling upset, thinking girls didn’t want to speak up because they were afraid to answer the question wrong or because the boys were already owning the limelight. After sharing her concerns, her friends said they noticed the issue too, and decided to create a “Raise Your Hand” Girl Scout patch, which is now an official badge with all Girl Scout troops.
Writing on its goal in her op-ed, Tapper explained she hopes the patch will encourage girls to use their voices despite their fears or worries.
“People say girls have to be 90 percent confident before we raise our hands, but boys just raise their hands. I tell girls that we should take the risk and try anyway, just like the boys do. If the answer is wrong, it’s not the end of the world. It’s not like answering a trivia question to win a million dollars on live TV.”
Amen to that.