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Largest Study of its Kind Says Even Girls with a Perfect GPA Don’t Think They Are Smart Enough, and Half of Girls Don’t Speak their Mind for Fear of Being Disliked
Groundbreaking Survey of 10,000+ U.S. Girls Unveils Surprising Data on Self-Esteem, the Role of Technology and Girls’ Aspirations for the Future
COLUMBUS, OHIO — Oct. 6, 2017 —Ruling Our eXperiences, Inc. (ROX) announced findings from a first-of-its-kind study, The Girls’ Index: New Insights into the Complex World of Today’s Girls, which surveyed 10,678 girls across the nation about key issues from social media and technology, to relationships and academics. This new report by the Columbus, Ohio-headquartered nonprofit organization provides a comprehensive portrait for parents and educators of the thoughts, beliefs and behaviors of girls across the country.
The in-depth survey captures insights on fifth through 12th grade girls’ perceptions and experiences around fitting in, body image, peer pressure, academics, friendships and relationships. Research findings include:
- Most girls like to be in charge, but self-doubt can impact pursuit of leadership opportunities as 46 percent of girls report they don’t say what they are thinking or disagree with others because they want to be liked and one in three girls are afraid to be a leader as they don’t want others to think they are bossy
- High academic achievement does not fend off confidence challenges as 30 percent of girls with the highest reported grade point averages (4.0 or above) do not think they are smart enough for their dream careers
- Technology and social media impact girls’ relationships, achievement, confidence, mood and school engagement. Overall when asked about technology usage, girls who spend the most time using technology (8+ hrs./day) are 5x more likely to be sad or depressed nearly every day compared to the girls who spend four or fewer hours
- By high school, sexting is common and prevalent with two out of every three girls reporting that by 12th grade they have been asked to send a sexually explicit photo to another person
- Girls who have strong and trusting friendships with other girls fare better and report significantly lower levels of sadness and depression
Since girls who have strong and trusting friendships fare better, it is crucial that girls receive the opportunities and tools they need to forge the positive friendships that safeguard their emotions and experiences. Through evidence-based programming, ROX provides girls with opportunities to talk candidly and openly about their experiences, while arming them with tools to positively and safely use social media, navigate relationships and manage pressure to ultimately develop a positive self-concept.
While much research exists on the economic status, health trends, safety and crime victimization and risk behavior of teens, little data exists that delves deeper into the lived experiences of today’s girls. This study gave girls the platform to share their thoughts and opinions on a variety of issues currently impacting their lives.
“The bottom line is that we’re missing out on at least half of what girls think, know and believe,” shares Lisa Hinkelman, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director of ROX “When I look at our findings, I think about the creativity, contributions and impact that we are losing. Now that we know, we have an obligation to do better and a responsibility to make the world a place where girls can feel confident and capable.”
The issues that impact girls during their early years can affect subsequent stages of their development, decisions, relationships and aspirations. The robust data from the nearly 11,000 girls surveyed through The Girls’ Index: New Insights into the Complex World of Today’s Girls provides the knowledge and data required to provide effective education, programming and resources to diverse girls across the country.
ROX convened an interdisciplinary team of counselors, school counselors, principals, parents,
teachers, public administration professionals, education policy professionals, social scientists, attorneys, researchers, educators — and of course girls— to review existing instrumentation, technical reports, research and published literature on the status of girls in the United States and to prioritize areas of interest, concern and inquiry. Taking the general categories identified by the group, the team then convened a series of semi-structured focus groups with girls, parents, counselors and educators to further develop the areas of focus and to craft the specific questions to include in the survey.
After developing this initial series of questions, The Girls’ Index: New Insights Into the Complex World of Today’s Girls was reviewed by scholars and educators for developmental appropriateness and cultural competence and was subsequently piloted with 668 girls. Their feedback and results were utilized to further refine the survey questions and the final The Girls’ Index: New Insights Into the Complex World of Today’s Girls survey consisted of 78 questions. Most questions were scaled from: Strongly Disagree to Strongly Agree with several open-ended questions included.
ROX partnered with individual schools and districts throughout the country to administer this anonymous and voluntary survey to girls in grades 5-12 during 2016 and 2017. Surveys were available for electronic or paper-pencil completion and independent data scientists compiled and normed the data for review and analysis. Each participating school received a confidential summary report on the responses from their female students. Areas of inquiry included: self-esteem and confidence, body image, friendships and relationships, stress and pressure, leadership and career aspirations, school and academics, technology and social media.
About Ruling Our eXperiences: Ruling Our eXperiences, Inc. (ROX) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Emerging from a 2006-2011 faculty research study at The Ohio State University, the mission of ROX is to equip girls with the knowledge and skills needed to live healthy, independent, productive and violence-free lives. Our vision is to create generations of confident girls who can control their own relationships, experiences and decisions. We utilize research and evidence-based programming to simultaneously impact girls, educate and support the adult influencers in girls’ lives and improve the societal conditions that have the potential to negatively impact girls.
About Dr. Lisa Hinkelman, Ph.D.: Dr. Lisa Hinkelman, Ph.D. is the founder and executive director of Ruling Our eXperiences, Inc. (ROX). She is a counselor, educator, researcher and author of the award-winning book, ‘Girls Without Limits: Helping Girls Achieve Healthy Relationships, Academic Success and Interpersonal Strength‘ Corwin Press, 2013. Dr. Hinkelman’s work for the past decade has focused on the critical issues impacting girls and how schools, parents and educators can effectively support and encourage girls’ interpersonal, educational and career growth. Previously, as a Counselor Education faculty member at The Ohio State University, Dr. Hinkelman’s teaching and scholarly research focused on social and emotional learning, non-academic barriers that impact learning and girls’ self-concept development. She was selected as a Nominated Changemaker for The White House United State of Women and is a Draper, Richards, Kaplan Social Entrepreneur Fellow.
Join us for the 5th Annual Ruling Our eXperiences (ROX) Girls Without Limits event! A backyard BBQ benefiting ROX and hosted by Bonnie Coley-Malir, at her home in Powell, will be an evening to remember.
Learn about the important things going on in our girls lives while browsing one of the best silent auctions in the city. Enjoy BBQ fare in a one-of-a-kind reclaimed barn, sip delicious wine and cocktails and connect with other women in the community. Come get the true ROX experience … and learn about the exciting initiatives we’ve been working on!
The event begins at 6pm with formal remarks at 7pm. Grab your ticket!
Together, we are creating generations of confident and successful girls who can control their own decisions, relationships, and experiences!
We'd like to extend a gracious thank you to our Host Committee members, as well as our Title Sponsor and Event Sponsors!
ROXStar Title Sponsor: Alliance Data
Fearless Sponsor: Thirty-One Gifts
Confident Sponsors: IGS Energy, VORYS
Brave Sponsors: Fifth Third Bank, Huntington, Motorists Insurance Group, OhioHealth
Shawn Ireland of Good Day Columbus recently interviewed ROX Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Lisa Hinkelman, to learn more about ROX and the school-based program for girls. Check out their interview here!
We are honored to welcome Carter Stewart to the Board of Directors. Carter is a Managing Director at the Draper Richards Kaplan (DRK) Foundation, a global venture philanthropy firm supporting early stage, high impact social enterprises.
Prior to joining DRK, Carter served as the presidentially-appointed United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. In this role, he was responsible for prosecuting federal crime in a district which included Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton. Carter emphasized deterrence, crime prevention and alternatives to incarceration in his work. He created the district’s first community outreach position and established a community leadership committee geared towards building trust and improving communication between the public and law enforcement. He created the district’s first diversion program to allow individuals a means of avoiding a felony record while still being held accountable for their wrong-doing.
Carter took a leadership role at DOJ in addressing inequities in the criminal justice system through his work raising awareness about the school to prison pipeline and by chairing a working group of U.S. Attorneys focused on reducing racial disparities in the federal system. Carter also served on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and chaired the Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Working Group. He previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in San Jose, CA, and he was a litigator at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP in Columbus, OH, and Bingham McCutchen LLP in San Francisco, CA.
Prior to law school, Carter was a New York City Urban Fellow and then taught history at Friends Seminary High School and in the Prep for Prep program.
Carter received a JD from Harvard Law School and holds an MA in Education Policy from Columbia University and received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Stanford University. After law school, Carter clerked for the Honorable Robert L. Carter, U.S. District Judge in the Southern District of New York, and the Honorable Raymond L. Finch, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of the Virgin Islands.
The Draper Richard Kaplan (DRK) Foundation has awarded Ruling Our eXperiences (ROX) a grant of $300,000 to support its work as an evidence-based nonprofit empowering adolescent girls. The grant will be disbursed over three years to ROX as unrestricted funds.
“We could not be more thrilled to announce this game-changing support from the DRK Foundation,” said Tammy Roberts Myers, ROX board chair. “Having DRK, an esteemed and world-renowned foundation, place their stamp of approval on the work ROX is doing and join us as a meaningful partner will enable ROX to solidify our infrastructure as we continue to extend our programming across the country for girls."
Ruling Our eXperiences (ROX), an evidence-based nonprofit empowering adolescent girls, has added Jamie Wilson to its board of directors.
Wilson is the Principal of Hannah Ashton Middle School in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. She will continue to serve on the ROX education committee.
”Jamie is a progressive-thinking educator who is passionate about empowering youth and helping them reach their highest potential,” said Dr. Lisa Hinkelman, founder and executive director of ROX. “As a member of our Education Committee, she’s challenged our thinking and strengthened our processes to help us grow and get better. We’re excited that she will expand her influence by joining the ROX board.”
Wilson received her Masters of Art in Educational Administration from Governors State University in Illinois and her Bachelors of Science in Education from Northern Illinois University where she was captain of the women’s basketball team. She was recognized as a Huskie Scholastic Athlete award winner and recipient of the M.A.C. Academic Commissioner’s Award.