The importance of strong female role models, by Arielle Breen – Central Michigan Life

I take strength from seeing women unabashedly doing their thing.

Women like Kathrine Switzer, who in 1967 ran in the all-male Boston Marathon and was chased by an official who tried to grab her and remove her from the race, help me to see what I can accomplish.

They help me forget silly fears such as body image and fears of failure.

I read a report lately about a study on little girls and boys. They were asked to do a math test after they were told to put on a sweater. Girls and boys all did about the same. Then they had them wear bathing suits for a second test. The boys had no significant changes in their test scores whereas the girls did poorly the second time around.

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