Why is the phrase “Like a Girl” a negative thing? I’m a girl and I’m proud of it. When kids are toddlers, they don’t know the difference between being a boy or a girl. One they learn which one they are, they are proud to be what they are. If you ask my 3 year old son if he is a girl, he’ll adamantly say, “No! I’m a boy!” As they get older and start school, children tend to segregate based on gender a bit more and are introduced (unfortunately) to stereotypes. By the time a girl hits puberty, she has been exposed to so many gender stereotypes it’s no wonder the following fact is true.
Always (the feminine hygiene brand) did a Confidence and Puberty Study and found that
Only 19% of girls have a positive association with the phrase “like a girl.”
As a girl myself, mom to three girls (and one boy) and a Girl Guide Leader who works with girls all the time, I care about the messages girls today are getting and I don’t like it. I support the Always #LikeAGirl campaign which wants to change the term “like a girl” from one of negativity and teasing to one girls are proud of.
I’m proud to think #LikeAGirl and act #LikeAGirl because girls are strong and amazing!
Below is an infographic from the Always Confidence and Puberty Study with some scary facts. Following that is a chance to win a #LikeAGirl shirt just like mine. (the back says Rewrite the rules!)
Winner: Courtney F
Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.
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