I’m pretty sure I chose the name ‘Smart Girls with ADHD’ before I decided to start this site. The name felt obvious. The site, not so much.
Okay, first of all, I went with ‘smart girls’ as Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls site is incredible and inspirational. Their motto is change the world by being yourself. Go check it out because the whole thing is great and I wish more sites and communities like that had been around when I was at school.
The other reason is because of Nerdfighters. Again, an amazing youtube site that has changed my life since I began watching their videos in 2008. John and Hank Green’s positivity around being smart is something I’m so glad exists. Please go check out both!
Yes, it’s totally un-British of me to call myself ‘smart’ – especially a ‘smart girl’ - and especially a 'smart girl with ADHD'. But that’s okay because I’m half American and a feminist, so I guess we’re good! The point of this site is to talk about our ADHD so we can break the stigma. Let's start calling ourselves we're smart and let's start talking about our ADHD.
It's not about boasting - it's about having confidence in yourself.
Other people won't believe that you're smart or pretty or talented
if you don't even believe that yourself.
The reason I chose this name is to reassure women (myself included) that it’s okay to have confidence in your own abilities, even at times when ADHD hinders our education or work.
Telling other people that you’re dumb/not pretty/overweight is simply a way to reinforce the view they have of you. You are your own personal branding executive. (Unless, of course, you hired a personal branding executive, in which case, come on! Let them do their job!)
Giving yourself permission to talk about you in a negative way, just gives others the same permission. So do yourself a favour and start focussing on your excellent qualities and the things you can do!
This is a community of girls and women with ADHD so we hope that you can write and create too. If you want to write for us or submit an infographic or art, you can upload it here and it can be featured on our site.