Nobody ever told her “no.”
Nobody ever told her that she couldn’t (or shouldn’t) do something. She was raised with parents who encouraged her to work hard and follow her dreams. When she had an idea, they built her up rather than tearing it down.
The first time anybody told her that she couldn’t do something when she was in graduate school. They told her, “You can’t drop out in the middle of exams.” She did.
By that age, it was too late. She already knew she could do whatever she wanted to do.
Miriam asked her friends what message they would share with young girls if given the opportunity, and she condensed the responses into seven pieces of advice:
Beyond that, she asked the girls the opposite. What advice would you give to adults? They came up with some great answers:
It is so crucial that she asked that question because girls need to hear that their opinions matter! Miriam understood the value of learning from the girls just as easily as they could learn from her.
Thanks for coming in and sharing your wisdom, Miriam. The girls really enjoyed it!