GIFTED WOMEN: Hiding and Questioning Abilities

In the realm of gifted adolescent boys and girls, research by Buescher (1987) reveals that 15% of boys conceal their abilities in school, while a striking 65% of girls consistently hide their talents.

The aversion to being perceived as different from peers is a notable concern for gifted girls, as highlighted by Reis (1998). This desire to fit in intensifies as they transition into womanhood, where their exceptional talents can set them apart from friends and peers.

As women mature, the challenge deepens for many gifted individuals who grapple with doubts about their abilities. A study by Walker, Reis, and Leonard (1992) found that three out of four women do not believe they possess superior intelligence.

This lack of self-recognition can significantly impact the trajectory of gifted women’s careers. Often influenced by external pressures from parents and teachers, women who do not acknowledge their potential may opt for mediocre or gender-stereotyped occupations, limiting their fulfillment and professional growth.


This is why I developed a specialized program to help gifted women become empowered by embracing their unique abilities without fear of judgment. The 6-week program will foster self-awareness and confidence, helping gifted women recognize and celebrate their intelligence.

Moreover, an IMPORTANT part of this program is giving gifted women worldwide the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals with similar experiences and aspirations. The sense of belonging is essential and a powerful antidote to gifted women’s isolation when concealing their abilities.

Ultimately, a program for gifted women will help break the cycle of self-doubt and equip the participants with the tools and mindset necessary to pursue a fulfilling and impactful life.

By dismantling societal stereotypes and encouraging self-acceptance, the Program for Gifted Women contributes to unleashing the full potential of gifted women, benefitting not only the individuals themselves but society as a whole.

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