Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Stop dreaming of ball gowns and start dreaming of power suits

Sometimes I ask my friends what they wanted to be when they grew up. The answers are always beautiful, and I think that if we all followed our dreams, the world would be filled with more fire fighters, ballerinas and a variety of amazing circus acts (but thankfully, no clowns).

But we live in the real world, which needs accountants more than it needs cowboys and female CEOs more than princesses, which is why we need to work on changing our daughter's dreams.

The Family Wealth Advisers Council recently studied breadwinning women and found that the one trait they all had in common was that they dreamed of having successful careers when they were young. The survey found that very few of the women included in the results dreamed about being the higher income earner in their families. So even though these women dreamed of having successful careers, they still believed that a man would out earn them.

This survey could have large implications on the future: We should encourage our daughters to think of themselves as successful CEOs instead of prom queens, and let them know that it's OK to dream about being a princess, but we should all strive to be the type of princess who can save herself.

What did you want to be when you were young? Tell me in the comments.

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