Caroline Paul: To raise brave girls, encourage adventure
Brimming with insights gained on her picaresque journey from firefighter to best-selling author, Caroline Paul’s "The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure" is a revolutionary guide for raising brave young women. Full bio
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with the Guinness Book of World Records,
to set a world record myself.
a world record in something
was 12 and a half miles,
this seemed totally manageable.
we didn't even need to train.
on the outside of our good luck jeans
were bleeding through my jeans,
of the suffer-fest that I was undergoing,
the high school track took 10 minutes.
the 12-and-a-half-mile record.
this was a story of abject failure,
attempting the world record,
the attributes of failure.
in a department of 1,500 men.
about whether we could do the job.
150-pound collegiate rower,
12 hours of searing knee pain --
my strength and fitness.
when my engine group pulled up,
from a building off an alleyway.
and I was right behind,
was supposed to do:
by a water heater,
and ultimately it was not a big deal,
the fire hadn't been difficult physically,
with something like astonishment?
that women could not be strong,
could not be brave either.
a male firefighter asked this.
was a big scaredy-cat,
the parents were anxious.
when she was outside began with,
much more than they caution their sons.
a playground fire pole, ironically,
were very likely to be warned
about the fire pole's risk,
still wanted to play on the fire pole,
to play on the fire pole
that they might have,
guidance on how to use it on their own.
to both boys and girls?
and more in need of help,
master difficult tasks by themselves.
very alike physically.
stronger until puberty,
that we absorb as kids,
that fully permeates as we grow up.
we pass it on to our children,
won't believe me when I tell you this,
and it's there to keep us safe.
when fear is the primary reaction
outside their comfort zone.
for many years --
it looks just like a bedsheet
a little fear would make sense here.
to come in just right,
or I wouldn't be there.
a thousand feet in the air.
your girls must be firefighters
our girls to be timid, even helpless,
against physical risk.
and the experiences we don't
that we face and try to shed:
in our own decisions.
on that playground fire pole.
is really important for kids, all kids,
and practice bravery,
cautioning our girls willy-nilly.
what you're really telling her
practicing bravery, too.
until we teach ourselves.
the heightened heart rate,
you were scared out of your wits,
outside to learn to be gutsy,
to get on hoverboards or climb trees,
she's too scared to go down,
really is too steep,
through courage, not fear.
about the steep hill in front of her.
that we cannot protect her from,
be there to guide her through,
to see a girl go break that.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERCaroline Paul - Author
Brimming with insights gained on her picaresque journey from firefighter to best-selling author, Caroline Paul’s "The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure" is a revolutionary guide for raising brave young women.
Why you should listen
Before launching her career as a writer, Caroline Paul embarked on a long list of unlikely adventures, ranging from flying experimental planes to whitewater rafting unexplored rivers in Borneo and Australia.
Paul was one of the first women to work for the San Francisco Fire Department -- a job that inspired her first work of nonfiction, Fighting Fire. Her latest book, The Gutsy Girl, uses stories from her own life as a gutsy woman to inspire girls to break the rules, take risks and accept seemingly insurmountable challenges.
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