Originally published on Mic and republished here with their permission.
Dear US American women,
You are being lied to.
For much of your life, you have been told you are not strong enough, not smart enough, and not aggressive enough.
You have been told that these weaknesses and character flaws prevent you from learning certain subjects, performing certain tasks, becoming certain leaders, and earning certain awards.
But you are being lied to.
These pernicious inaccuracies have been perpetuated by a society still steeped in the sexism of years past. But better data and forward-thinking research – not to mention the examples set by women in countries around the world – are proving these stereotypes wrong.
And it’s high time we started paying attention.
Below are a few more dangerous myths that society needs to stop teaching young women.