Just 1 question: Why can't 'run like a girl' also mean 'win the race?'

Just 1 question: Why can't 'run like a girl' also mean 'win the race?'

Why can't "run like a girl" also mean "win the race"?

Spurred on by a popular TV ad that debuted during the Super Bowl, Campus Middle School for Girls administrators and students are working to make the #LikeAGirl campaign a routine part of their school day. In the commercial, sponsored by feminine hygiene line Always, women and young girls were asked to demonstrate what it means to run like a girl, fight like a girl and hit like a girl.

The adult women shown were obviously "tainted" by the cliche that females are the weaker sex, whereas the young girls were not, says Tami Adams, executive director of the private middle school.

It started with a series of photos — students were challenged to come up with a talent that they perform "like a girl" and take photos demonstrating their skills. From there, the dialogue has continued into the classroom, where teachers are helping the girls understand equality and develop an identity for themselves, without fear of stereotypes, Adams said.

Staff writer Nicole Lafond visited the school this week and posed the question: Why's it important to you to highlight the strengths of girls and women?

ZOE BOWERS, 8th grade

"I am a daughter, granddaughter, a sister, a friend. People have told me I am one who has the passion, strength, courage and capability of changing the world. I believed them. So, I likely will. I believed them because they highlighted and helped me see my own strengths."

CHARLOTTE EBEL, 7th grade

"If we don't highlight the strength of girls and women, then the stereotypes that girls and women are weaker than men, will win. As of now, there are some stereotypes that are dying, but many are not. I think a lot of people would be surprised at how many stereotypes they believe in that they don't even think about.

"I think the #LikeAGirl campaign is a really good thing because it shows that almost everybody has these stereotypes, but it also shows we can transform these negative beliefs into positive ones with only some positive energy and determination."

MARIE KINDERMAN, 6th grade

"In many countries, girls and women don't have the chance to go to school or get a job. Usually, it's the men and boys that have the chance to do this. It's important to pay attention to this because women and girls should have these opportunities in life, too. Men, women and children should all be equal and one should not be regarded as higher in status than the other.

"By changing how we think of female figures and letting more of them achieve in life, the world could become a better place."

BIANCA RUBEL, 7th grade

"This is important because in the past, or today in some cases, women have been subject to a lot of prejudice and treated like they are weak or inferior. That shouldn't be the case because women are just as strong, if not more strong, than men and we need to prove it."

MIIA POPOVICS, 6th grade

"Right now, if we don't highlight female empowerment, some people will think it's not that important and when we grow up, some people will think it's not important, too, and our kids won't need to learn about it or anything. So I think it's important to support our future and have a better future."

TAMI ADAMS, executive director

"I just think it's important for the girls to realize their own potential. I think we can get stuck in this idea of 'Oh, well I'm not suppose to do this or that.' At this age, it's important for the girls to take ownership of what they like and want to do and run with it, instead of getting stuck in 'I'm not suppose to do that.'

"I have five kids, so I manage like a girl."

Have a question you'd like N-G education reporter Nicole Lafond to ask of students, teachers or administrators? Our inbox is open for submissions — send an email to nlafond@news-gazette.com.

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Joe American wrote on December 03, 2015 at 8:12 am

One of the most impactful life lessons I was taught growing up was, "If you tell yourself something enough times you'll start to believe it". It doesn't make it true, but that's ok - you will believe it is true.

 

Keep telling yourself that, because belief is clearly more important than reality.