In Canada and around the world,
education makes a huge difference to
women. Learning makes women more
employable: in Canada, 74.7 per cent of
women with university degrees have jobs,
compared to 56 per cent of women with
high school diplomas. In 2008, 62 per
cent of Canadian university graduates
ABILITY TO EARN
15 TO 25 PER CENT
WITH EVERY YEAR OF
Girls, especially, face a barrage of fashion
and media images and messages with
an unrealistic and negative focus: for
example, tall underweight sex objects
with perfect skin, hair and teeth.
When society considers these images
normal, girls’ self-esteem can be
undermined, and they can become self-conscious and more prone to harmful
dieting and eating disorders. When
girls are more comfortable with their
looks, they’re better able to learn and
One in four boys and girls experience
depression in Grade 6. By Grade 10, girls
are three times more likely than boys to
How girls see themselves and how others
treat them shapes their self-esteem.
One way young girls develop positive self-esteem is when the people around them
are positive, healthy and non-biased role
models. Plus, when girls are recognized
for making their own decisions, it sends a
Listening, remaining open and non-judgmental, providing opportunities
for problem-solving and praising good
decisions helps create connections and
send positive messages to girls. When
girls are constantly criticized or hear
those around them wishing they were
thinner, better or smarter, they’re getting
negative messages and examples.
To learn more, see tips for parents of
teens at MyHealth.Alberta.ca.
Girls with high self-esteem are
more likely to have a positive outlook,
confidence and pride.
Girls with low self-esteem are more likely
to have a negative outlook and experience
anxiety, toxic stress, depression and
addiction. They are also more likely to
engage in harmful behaviours such as
self-harm, bullying, smoking or drinking.
And they have a higher risk of developing
an eating disorder and depression.