Half of Canadian girls feel paralyzed by the fear of failure during puberty*: new Always® #LikeAGirl video aims to change this and encourages girls everywhere to Keep Going #LikeAGirl
Always sheds light on failure as latest survey reveals nearly 7 in 10 girls in Canada avoid trying new things during puberty because they are afraid to fail*
TORONTO – August 16, 2017 – At puberty, girls’ confidence plummets. The most recent Always Confidence & Puberty Survey1 reveals that half of girls feel paralyzed by a fear of failure during puberty. This fear is so intense that many girls opt out of important growth opportunities during this time, like taking on challenges and trying new things. Always, the leader in global feminine care, is on a mission to stop this drop in confidence by changing how girls perceive setbacks and encouraging them to embrace failure as part of learning and crucial to growth.
According to the survey of Canadian girls aged 16-24, 85% of girls report that the pressure to please others and be perfect lead them to fear any misstep, and 79% agree that social media is a key contributor in this feeling. But experience, and now research, shows that persevering through a failure is actually key to learning and building new skills. Always wants to encourage all girls to embrace failing when it happens and use it as a tool to build their confidence, empowering them to keep growing and Keep Going #LikeAGirl.
To help shed light on the issue, and to inspire girls to keep going, Always partnered with acclaimed director Lucy Luscombe to show how girls feel about failure, especially during puberty. The new #LikeAGirl video brings a fresh approach to the campaign, following a group of girls through a day in their lives at school. From school projects, to drama rehearsals, chess matches and more, the girls are seen in real-life situations that capture how intense the fear of not measuring up can be. See the video and hear the rallying call for all girls to embrace failure as fuel by watching Always #LikeAGirl – Keep Going here: https://youtu.be/P_MhsbRiFyI
“I am such a fan of the Always #LikeAGirl campaign, so I am thrilled to be part of this important movement” said Luscombe. “I remember so many times when I felt afraid to fall short and the lengths I’d go to avoid it, but I was so inspired by the girls we met during filming. It is my goal that this video helps us all reframe how we think of setbacks and encourage everyone to inspire girls to see these experiences as a way to build their confidence and keep going.”
As they approach adulthood and look back, many girls recognize that the moments when they struggled through a setback led them to grow more resilient. In fact, the top three things gained from working through a failure are increased knowledge, strength and confidence. That’s why it is important for society to encourage girls to keep going even when they don’t immediately succeed. Research shows that girls need that societal support to truly thrive. In fact, more than 90% of girls agree that if girls felt failing was okay during puberty, they would keep doing the things they loved, take on more challenges and grow in confidence.
“Learning from the Always Confidence & Puberty Survey that one in two girls feel that if they fail society will reject them is heart-breaking and moreover alarming,” said Michèle Baeten, Always Associate Director, Procter & Gamble. “Always will do all that we can to normalize and reframe failure as something that is not to be feared, but something that is crucial to growth and building confidence. Our goal is to create an environment where girls feel they have full support to try new things, make mistakes, and are encouraged to keep going.”
Join Always to encourage girls everywhere to keep going, even when they fail. Share a post, video or image to show how you try, fail, learn and Keep Going #LikeAGirl to inspire others to do the same.
Key Canadian Always Confidence & Puberty Wave V Study Findings
- Over half (58%) of girls lose confidence at puberty
- Nearly half (42%) of girls feel paralyzed by fear of failure during puberty
- 69 per cent of girls avoid trying new things during puberty because they are afraid to fail and 78 per cent said that failing during puberty made them consider giving up
- Half of girls (53%) feel that society rejects girls who fail
- More than 8 in 10 (85%) of girls report societal pressure to please others & be perfect are key contributors to girls’ fear of failure during puberty
- 79 per cent of girls agree that social media contributes to girls’ fear of failing during puberty
- Top three things girls gain from persevering through failing: wisdom; increased confidence; learning new skills
- Over 90% of girls agree that if girls felt failing was okay during puberty, they would keep doing the things they loved, take on more challenges and grow in confidence
In Canada, Always has championed girls’ confidence for over 30 years. In 2016, Always partnered with the Canadian Women’s Foundation by helping to support confidence-focused programming for 1,000 girls in 44 communities. This support will continue through 2017. This year, Always has also partnered with FitSpirit, an organization that provides opportunities for girls 12 to 17 to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle in a fun environment. Since 2007, FitSpirit has reached thousands of teenage girls in Ontario and Quebec through physical activity.
About Always #LikeAGirl
The Always #LikeAGirl movement is being fueled by the millions of girls around the world who are changing #LikeAGirl to mean amazing things. The campaign launched in June 2014 and was inspired by the insight that the start of puberty and the first period mark the lowest moment in confidence for girls. It demonstrated the profound effect the phrase “like a girl” can have on girls’ self-confidence and it inspired a movement, which has started to change public perception. After seeing the Always #LikeAGirl video, most people (76 percent of women ages 16 to 24 and 59 percent of men) said the video changed their perception of the phrase “like a girl,”2 according to the Always Confidence & Puberty Wave II Study. But Always could not stop there. In 2015, a new Always study3 revealed that 72 percent of girls feel society limits them by telling them what they should and should not do or be. And more than half of girls felt that societal limitations would be the same or worse ten years from now. Always could not accept that and launched the Unstoppable #LikeAGirl campaign in July 2015 to empower all girls to show the world that they could do or be anything and everything. In March 2016, the brand tackled the subtle bias conveyed through emojis, and the resulting conversation led the UNICODE Consortium to rethink their approach to emojis – releasing 44 new “girl-power” emojis, now incorporated into mobile operating systems globally. Most recently, in June 2016, the brand released new survey data that found that half of girls quit sports by age 17 and that seven in ten girls do not feel encouraged to play, despite data that links sports participation to increased confidence. To help keep girls in sports, Always launched the #LikeAGirl – Keep Playing initiative, which coincided with the Rio 2016 Olympic Games & was supported by over 30 Olympic Athletes. The campaign resulted in 70 percent now believing that girls would be more confident if they played sports4. For more information about the Always #LikeAGirl movement, visit www.always.com.
1The Always Confidence & Puberty Wave V Study was conducted by MSLGROUP using the Research Now Panel and surveyed a total of 1,000 Canadians. The survey was conducted among a sample of 1,000 females aged 16 to 24 year old. The survey was implemented between the dates of April 5, 2017 through April 12, 2017. The survey was also conducted in the US, surveying a total of 1,500 Americans (1,000 females and 500 males aged 16-24) between March 9, 2017 and March 24, 2017. Results available upon request.
2The Always Confidence & Puberty Wave II Study was conducted by MSLGROUP using the Research Now Panel and surveyed a total of 1,800 Americans, The survey was conducted among a sample of 1,300 females aged 16 to 49 year old and 500 males aged 16 to 49. The survey was implemented between the dates of December 5, 2014 through December 12, 2014.
3The Always Confidence & Puberty Wave III Study was conducted by MSLGROUP Research using the Research Now Panel and surveyed a total of 1,800 Americans. The survey was conducted among a sample of 1,300 females aged 16 to 24 years old and 500 males aged 16 to 24. The survey was implemented between the dates of April 30, 2015 through May 8, 2015.
4The Always Confidence & Puberty Keep Playing #LikeAGirl Study was conducted by MSLGROUP Research and surveyed 1,006 females aged 16 to 24 year old and 508 males aged 16 to 24 in the United States. The online survey was conducted between the dates of November 8 and 13th 2016.
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