Dr. Babcock’s award-winning book, Women Don’t Ask, has been extremely successful in getting this message out to adult women. However, her research shows that because behavior and attitudes about negotiation are adopted early in life, the greatest impact can be achieved if negotiation training begins at a young age. Learning how to negotiate starts by taking one’s own voice seriously, gaining confidence in talking to peers, and feeling comfortable resisting the pressure to engage in activities that put one’s safety, health, and future in jeopardy.
Negotiation can also help to strengthen girls’ relationships with parents, family members, teachers, and other adults in girls’ lives. By teaching girls to negotiate, we can help to successfully reshape the futures of all girls.