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Am I Enough? ''How women have been socialized into low self-confidence''

Updated: Jul 31, 2023

Do you often ask yourself this question? Or maybe not even asking it – just telling yourself that you aren’t enough. There’s a core reason why women often feel this way.

Am I Enough: Women and Confidence

Societal socialization plays a significant role in shaping the expectations put upon women. From an early age, girls are often socialized to conform to gender roles that dictate how they should behave, what they should wear, and what kind of jobs or careers they should pursue. These gender roles are often reinforced through media, family, and other social institutions.


As a result, women may face certain expectations that can impact women's self-esteem and sense of identity.


Here are 3 common ways women have been socialized to believe they are not enough:

1. Unrealistic Beauty Standards: Women have been socialized to believe that their worth is tied to their physical appearance. Society often promotes narrow and unattainable beauty standards, which can lead women to constantly compare themselves to an idealized image. This pressure to conform to unrealistic expectations can erode self-confidence and create feelings of inadequacy, despite women's many accomplishments and capabilities.


2. Gendered Expectations and Roles: Women have historically been assigned specific gender roles and expectations, such as being nurturing, accommodating, or prioritizing the needs of others above their own. This societal conditioning can create a sense of not being ''enough'' when women prioritize their own ambitions, desires, or self-care. It can lead to internal conflicts and feelings of guilt or shame for deviating from traditional gender norms, even when they are pursuing their goals and making significant contributions.


3. Underrepresentation and Marginalization: Women have often faced systemic barriers and

discrimination in various fields, including professional, academic, and political spheres. This lack of representation and the resulting marginalization can create a sense of not being valued or deserving of recognition, even when women are achieving remarkable things. The constant struggle for visibility, equal opportunities, and fair treatment can lead to doubts about their worth and abilities, despite their undeniable accomplishments.


As women engage in the #restisresistance movement, they challenge these societal narratives and reclaim their self-worth. By prioritizing rest, self-care, and setting boundaries, women defy the expectations placed upon them and advocate for their well-being. It's a powerful act of resistance against the belief that women must constantly strive, prove themselves, or sacrifice their own needs.


Rest becomes a symbol of reclaiming agency, self-acceptance, and recognizing that they are more than enough just as they are.

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