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For anyone who has been a teenager–or has faced the blunt wrath of one–there is something about the clarity of belief and total confidence in one’s position that should appeal to all of us when we discuss assertiveness.  In honor of International Women’s Day, I’m using both US and foreign examples of teenage assertiveness.

First, a historic example that I was fascinated to learn last fall when our institute hosted a conference on the 19th Amendment and the suffrage movement.  In the early days of our republic, there was a move to start educating women and “women’s academies” were

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