Dove Self-Esteem Fund News

The Dove Self-Esteem Fund was established to inspire and educate girls about a wider definition of beauty and is committed to reaching 5 million girls globally by 2010 with self-esteem programming. Thanks to the support of influential women globally, Dove has already reached 2 million girls and conducted nearly 2,700 educational self-esteem workshops since 2006.

What do I think of this? I think it's awesome! I remember what it was like growing up a girl, worried about my image, and feeling pressure to be something I wasn't. (In fact, I think we all still feel that way sometimes.) I love that Dove is taking steps to help girls feel comfortable in their own skin, so I decided to learn more.

According to Dove:

Dove recently released the Real Girls, Real Pressure: A National Report on the State of Self-Esteem, conducted with girls between eight and 17 and commissioned by Dove Self-Esteem Fund, to provide additional information to help Dove better understand the issues, causes and outcomes of low-esteem -- as well as the most powerful change agents on a national and regional level.

Findings from the Report found that the majority of girls (seven in ten) feel they do not measure up in some way including their looks, performance in school and relationships. Most disturbing is that girls with low self-esteem are engaging in harmful and destructive behavior that can leave a lasting imprint on their lives.
That's scary. I want more for my daughter. If Dove can help me in my efforts, I'm grateful. For more information (and to see all the latest, really cool videos from the Dove campaign, see And for the full report, see this link.