And, as you might expect, the claims don’t support the campaign’s mission.
Claim 1: “By middle school, girls are 25 percent less likely than boys to say they like taking the lead.”
This study was conducted between 1992 and 1997, so it’s already out of date.
The study found when students were asked if they “like to take the lead when a group does things together” 72 percent of sixth-grade boys reported yes, versus 54 percent of sixth-grade girls.
The study’s author, Barbara Schneider, told the Washington Examiner that the question was only asked during the first year of the study, so there’s no way to tell if girls were more or less likely to want to lead as they aged. And the study didn’t question younger children, so it’s unclear whether girls were more likely to say they liked taking the lead prior to middle school.
In a much more recent study, called “Change It Up,” girls were more likely than boys to say they wanted to be a leader.