It's been nearly a year since the Super Bowl and the world-wide introduction of the #LikeAGirl commercial. Do you remember it? If you need a reminder, take a look here:
the Always #LikeAGirl commercial
The first time I saw it was online, via Upworthy, and it made me cry! I was so excited to see how powerful and confident young ladies are naturally. Though the transition through adolescence can be hard, it's wonderful to know that it is possible to foster these as lifelong characteristics.
Helping girls see their power and strength is essential to building a more equal, more just society. It will not only help them individually, it will help our whole world to heal by allowing girls to sense and experience their own contributions to our planet.
In addition to the commercial, another empowering and positive role model for girls is a young lady named Mo'ne Davis. This inspiring young person was crowned the Sports Illustrated Sports Kid of the Year last year and has been inspiring people, young and old, with her confidence, skills, and grace.
Understanding that she is a role model for young girls, Davis suggests, "do what you love."
Similarly, in recent years, women have been redefining what it means to be feminine, demonstrating that strength is a characteristic reserved not just for men, but a characteristic intertwined with beauty and femininity. Take a look at the following video clips for more beautiful, strong, and influential women:
Overall, I am excited to be part of showing these young ladies, and everyone around them, what they are able to achieve when they embrace all of their strengths and abilities. Though "like a girl" used to be an insult, girls are starting to demonstrate that the idea of femininity is evolving and it now definitively includes strength, achievement, equality, self-acceptance, and self-love.
In my opinion, we must all show the girls in our lives that they can be happy just being them, doing what brings them joy, saying what their heart knows to be true. They can do ANYTHING like a girl! And, as Steve Maraboli says, "there is nothing more beautiful."