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Katy Perry is a Role Model – And So Are You!

Every few years, it seems like a conversation about role models, specifically role models for girls, comes up in popular media. Recently Katy Perry revived this conversation, saying last weekend in an NPR interview,

“…a lot of people see me as a role model but I'd like to kind of turn that around and say I appreciate that but I'd like to be seen as an inspiration. Because a role model, I think, will fail you. I mean, I couldn't tell kids when it's time for them to try things or do things. I mean, that's not my role.”

In my opinion, being an inspiration is the same as being a role model. Also, I think it’s too bad that Katy Perry thinks that role models “will fail you”. The only way for a role model to fail, in my view, is to give the impression that their way is the ‘best’ way, or the ‘only’ way.

Every day here at Techbridge, we work with girls to help empower them to fulfill their dreams. A huge part of that work is talking to women about being role models for girls. Techbridge has 14 years of experience working with hundreds of role models to help inspire thousands of girls to build the future they want to see....

When I Grow Up: Trying on Careers One Role Model at a Time

For as long as I can remember, I have been inspired by “the possibilities of the future.” I can distinctly remember a whole slew of different career aspirations as well as the experience or person that inspired each dream. For me, Take Your Daughter to Work Day, has been a career dressing room of sorts. As a result of Gloria Steinem’s initiative and in spite of child labor laws, I was able to try on various careers to see “the fit” without actually having to commit to them. At 7, I dreamed of being an architect (inspired by my love of Legos) who moonlighted as a ballerina (inspired by my graceful ballet instructor) and worked as an archaeologist (inspired by none other than Indiana Jones)....