Girl Stop Apologizing
Rachel Hollis

by

Karim Chandra

Part 2-3
Summary

The author starts by expressing disgust at the stereotypes being held against ambitious women, and emphasizes this point by accounting how she had watched a show where the speaker was explaining the dangers of these very such practices. She laments at why such opinions are not similarly held against the ambitions of men — where they are respected, loved, and given more responsibilities. There is the need to get past the idea that various standards apply to certain people only. Subsequently, Hollis present some examples of situations where women’s ambition can be useful at different levels. For instance, she introduces the reader to her sister, Heather, an elementary school teacher who has turned out to be “an outstanding leader in education and a champion for the children in her care”. She also tells us of her friend, Susan, who has the ambition to open branches of her foster-care reformation organization across the country in order to ensure that every child in foster care felt loved. Finally, the author wraps up this chapter by assuring all women that being ambitious is not a bad thing, and should embrace it fully in order to realize the kind of life they have always dreamt of.

Analysis

Hollis is of the perception that some sort of double standards are applied when describing the ambitions of men and women. The author attempts to illustrate how the latter is suppressed by society when notions like ‘ambitious women are likely to face some dangers’ are entrenched. She urges women to rise above these stereotypes and encourages them to pursue their goals without fear or intimidation by their male counterparts. The author chooses to use examples to showcase how ambition in women can be of profound importance in society

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