Women lack­ing in con­fi­dence

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By SO­PHIE GABRIELLE

A MIS­SION Aus­tralia youth sur­vey has re­vealed that al­most 20 per cent of young women lack con­fi­dence in their aca­demic abil­ity.

The 2015 sur­vey in­cluded re­sponses from al­most 19,000 young Aus­tralians aged be­tween 15 and 19 on bar­ri­ers they iden­ti­fied as pre­vent­ing them from reach­ing their goals.

Al­most 20 per cent of young women said aca­demic abil­ity was a bar­rier for them com­pared to al­most 14 per cent of men.

Mis­sion Aus­tralia state di­rec­tor Amanda Hunt said the sur­vey showed eq­uity and dis­crim­i­na­tion were higher on the agenda than in pre­vi­ous years.

“While we shouldn’t over­sim­plify such re­sponses, it does con­cern me that young women – who aca­dem­i­cally achieve on par, if not bet­ter than, males – ap­pear to be lack­ing con­fi­dence in their skills,” Ms Hunt said. “It high­lights the in­creased need to tackle wider gen­der equal­ity.

“De­spite some progress, women are still woe­fully un­der­rep­re­sented in lead­er­ship roles across all sec­tors; with­out strong fe­male role mod­els, I fear young women will con­tinue to lack the con­fi­dence to aim high and at­tain their goals.”

For­mer Shenton Col­lege stu­dent and re­cently an­nounced Rhodes Scholar Ilona Quahe held sev­eral lead­er­ship roles in­clud­ing Univer­sity of WA Stu­dent Guild coun­cil­lor and United Na­tions Youth WA pres­i­dent.

In 2011, Ms Quahe founded Ig­nite Men­tor­ing, a char­ity com­pris­ing 90 univer­sity stu­dent vol­un­teers who sup­port 200 high school stu­dents from low so­cioe­co­nomic area schools

“The fact that statis­tic is there shows there is still a prob­lem of young women doubt­ing them­selves,” she said. “This year, I was the only girl out of six can­di­dates for the Rhodes Schol­ar­ship in WA.

“Po­ten­tially this is be­cause women are not putting them­selves for­ward.”

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