My daughter turned 2 years old at the end of May, another beautiful little milestone in her relatively new existence. Becoming a parent has at various times been the most exciting, frightening and frustrating thing I have ever been blessed to experience in my life. One thing it has never ceased being however is an incredibly rewarding experience that has changed my perspective on nearly everything I see and think about on a daily basis. A fair degree of that difference is derived from the fact that my little princess is growing up in this world we live in very differently than I did; she’s doing it #LikeAGirl.
Feminine hygiene brand Always recently teamed up with an extremely talented documentarian and director Lauren Greenfield to create a powerful and beautifully captured video that had me floored upon its viewing. The message delivered in the 3 minutes and 19 second running time was so compelling and inspirational to me that I felt I had to share it as well as my opinion on its overall message. What does it mean to do something #LikeAGirl?
Over the last two years as I have grown to love my daughter more with each passing day, my thoughts have often gone to wondering and worrying about the world my wife and I have brought her into. For reasons many of us are more than familiar with, this planet of ours can be an extremely difficult and unfair place for young women. From a very young age, girls are told the things they can and cannot do, many of which have to do with the fact that they were born female.
What is sad is that much of that telling is done by people who have a great deal of sway in that young lady’s life; the media, her family and friends. Girls that show a natural aggressiveness or excel in sports naturally are told to be more subdued, demure and ‘lady-like’. Activities and habits that are seen as being better suited for boys or men are ridiculed, criticized and punished rather than being embraced and discussed with openness and pride. Society has various deeply ingrained views and stereotypes of what proper behaviour is for boys and girls and unfortunately many come at an age and time when young people, particularly females are discovering who they are and who they want to me. It is a frightening and confusing time we have all been through when those closest to us have an impact in our lives that can alter how we see ourselves permanently and build or destroy our self confidence.
I believe that the message of this video is for everyone, whether you are a male or female, your or old, parent or otherwise. Uplifting and building up our young ladies is the responsibility of each of us as the opinions we share and things we say impacts those we express them to and beyond. The way a person views themselves has always been and will always be more important than how society views them. A deeply ingrained level of confidence is an invaluable commodity in a world that can pull us in different directions constantly. Why not build a foundation of confidence in our daughters that doesn’t sway from that pulling?
An undeniable truth is the fact that whether you think you can achieve or do something or you think you cannot, you are right. It is the act of thinking and believing that something, whether positive or negative that allows it to be. I urge you to consider the views you have and share about yourself and young women as a whole. Are your views healthy, uplifting and in their best interest? Let us commit to helping our little angels become strong, confident and happy people who love themselves for who they are. Whatever they may do in life, be it earning a sports scholarship, going into space or being a Fortune 500 CEO lets teach them to do the best job that has ever been done. Let’s teach them to truly do it #LikeAGirl. I commit to do it here and now. Do you?