There has been some buzz about an ad with the hashtag, #likeagirl. Sarah shared this with WOOT and commented that it was interesting (and no product endorsement :)). As female athletes, what did you think of the ad? It is on youtube, if you want to watch.
“We’re kicking off an epic battle to make sure that girls everywhere keep their confidence throughout puberty and beyond, and making a start by showing them that doing it #LikeAGirl is an awesome thing,” ‘Always’ wrote on the YouTube page.
If you watch the ad, the director asks the girls to run, throw, and fight like a girl and it falls in line with stereotypes that I have but never thought of before. Has this had an effect on us as women, as runners, triathletes, professionals in whatever job we have or have had? I don’t really know. Since most of us are past the point of puberty and have grown up with what we have learned, how can we separate that thought from our actions? One of our originals, Kathleen took a photo with her friend and their daughters after their latest trail run together, with SoCal WOOT. She mentioned we should have something about starting “an ad campaign.’Run Like Your Mom’ with some really gritty pics (:”.
I love that idea. Or how about, #runlikeyourtraillovinmomma. We may not be able to change the stereotype of what we knew as “like a girl”. Instead, we can keep setting examples of what being a strong, athletic woman is for our daughters. We can show them what it means to run like a girl, throw like a girl, do math like a girl, computer program, run companies, command battalions, lead nations…