Put up your hand if you’ve ever felt bad about the way you look.
Put up your hand if you’ve ever wanted to disappear.
Put up your hand if you’ve ever felt too unworthy to speak up.
Put your hand up. Because it seems that it is something that a significant number of young girls feel they can’t do.
This week, some important research was released that showed that many young girls are reluctant to put up their hands in class.
And it’s not because they don’t know the answer to the teacher’s questions.
It’s not because they haven’t been listening.
It’s because they don’t want anyone to look at them.
A new report by the Centre for Appearance Research in the UK has revealed that one in five young girls will not put up their hand in the classroom because they are scared that people will look at them and pass judgement on their appearance.
Think about that for a second.
A young girl feels so self-conscious about the way that she looks that she feels like she can’t draw attention to herself in the classroom.
She feels so bad that she can’t participate in her education.