Don't wrap girls in cotton wool, says private school leader

Mother and father and academics shouldn’t “wrap ladies in cotton wool”, an unbiased colleges’ chief has stated.

Ladies weren’t victims and had been stronger and extra feisty than they had been usually given credit score for, stated Cheryl Giovannoni, chief government of the Ladies’ Day College Belief (GDST).

Ms Giovannoni stated ladies needs to be inspired to take the kinds of dangers boys had been extra prone to take.

They need to even be taught to say no and never all the time be prepared to please.

Talking on the GDST’s annual convention in London, Ms Giovannoni stated an image had been painted of women feeling anxious and sad “with none of the coping abilities they should thrive in at present’s world”.

“And do not get me flawed, I do know that some ladies are,” she stated.

“However general, it is not an image that rings wholly true for me, nor one which we should always succumb to as but one more reason to wrap ladies in cotton wool and shield them from a deeply evil world the place they’re preyed upon mercilessly.

“Not all ladies are victims. I imagine that many women are far stronger, resilient, opinionated and feisty than they’re given credit score for.”

‘Overprotective’

Speaking to journalists, Ms Giovannoni stated mother and father usually handled their sons in another way from their daughters.

“Mother and father would not hesitate to permit a boy to get an Uber dwelling from a celebration however they’re extra reluctant to permit their daughters to.

“They’re overprotective, they suppose boys can take care of themselves – they do not essentially suppose that ladies can.”

Ms Giovannoni stated ladies additionally wanted to be assured about saying no.

“It is about not all the time being prepared to please and to get approval. We’ve got to ensure that individuals really feel snug saying no once they imagine that they’re uncomfortable.”

Younger ladies would ultimately should take care of themselves, she added.

“Ladies go off to college and if you have not helped them to be assured and resilient and to have coping mechanisms they will college and they will should cope on their very own anyway.”

GDST represents 24 unbiased ladies’ colleges and two academies in England and Wales, educating 20,000 college students and using three,700 employees.

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