I can vividly remember the moment that the idea for boundless brilliance emerged.
I was an undergraduate at Occidental College, sitting in the student center skimming the news. I came across a headline buried at the bottom of the New York Times daily briefing. The headline read “Girls believe brilliance is a male trait, research into gender stereotypes shows.” This study shook me to my core. By kindergarten, young girls are already internalizing the harmful and inaccurate belief that men are smarter than women. This has severe implications that begin to explain why women stray away from fields such as physics or philosophy. Studying biochemistry, I witnessed first hand the tendency for women to exhibit reservedness in both class and work settings. I have acted this way myself. It can be intimidating to speak up in a space that you do not feel represented or supported in.
Beginning at a very young age, skewed media representations, microaggressions, and generations of sexism in the workplace have convinced girls that they are less capable than their male counterparts. At Boundless Brilliance, our message is simple: you are brilliant and your potential is boundless.
Our team is working to dismantle biased notions of brilliance before they are ingrained. Our hope is for all people to grow up believing with absolute certainty that they are capable of succeeding in whatever field sparks their interest. I invite you to join our movement. Thank you for your support.