If we had a dollar for every time we've heard someone say, "You throw like a girl!"...
Somewhere along the line, doing something "like a girl" became synonymous with a lack of skill and coordination, of silliness and a lack of control. In June, Always released its powerful #LikeAGirl commercial to highlight and smash these stereotypes, and the feminine hygiene brand is bringing its campaign back in a big way: A 60-second version will run during the world's biggest television event—the Super Bowl.
In the spirit of Always' empowering campaign, we decided to put the spotlight on girls and women doing awesome things that break down the stereotypes. Here are a dozen things anyone should be proud to do #LikeAGirl.
1. Throw #LikeAGirl
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When 13-year-old pitcher Mo'ne Davis took to the pitcher's mound at the 2015 Little League World Series, she did more than just prove that baseball isn't just for boys. Her remarkable performance earned her a place in baseball's Hall of Fame and the title of Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year in 2014.
2. Run #LikeAGirl
Canadian Olympic athlete Jessica Zelinka competes in heptathlon, which means she doesn't just run #LikeAGirl—she also hurdles #LikeAGirl, jumps #LikeAGirl, throws #LikeAGirl...well, you get the picture. Read all about how she and three other Canadian athletes balance training and motherhood.
3. Fight #LikeAGirl
British boxer Nicola Adams became the first female Olympic boxing champion when she won gold at the London 2012 Olympics Games.
4. Speak #LikeAGirl
UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador and actress Emma Watson delivered this powerful speech during the HeForShe Special Event at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City last fall, giving us just one more reason to love her. She also often takes to Twitter to spread the word about her campaign and offer empowering resources, information, quotes and even career advice: Emma Watson on Twitter
5. Code #LikeAGirl
As with engineering, careers in coding and web programming are often seen as a guy's domain, but it's becoming an increasingly more common field for women to work in—and excel at. Did you know that the first computer pioneers were actually women?
6. Laugh #LikeAGirl
When it comes to Hollywood, comedic roles have long been filled by men. (Women? Funny? No way!) That's all changing, thanks to a slew of recent successful shows starring women (think The Mindy Project, New Girl, 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation) and hilarious movies featuring all-female casts, like Bridesmaids, Pitch Perfect and the upcoming all-female Ghostbusters remake.
7. Kick #LikeAGirl
Christine Sinclair led the Canadian women's soccer team onto the Olympic podium—and into the spotlight—in 2012, highlighting women's soccer in Canada. In fact, the number of registered female soccer players in Canada has tripled in the last 20 years, and it shows no sign of stopping. Canada is even hosting the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup this summer.
8. Build #LikeAGirl
We've written before about how much we love this beyond-awesome Lego ad from 1981. Unfortunately, it seems like we've taken a step (or two) backwards when it comes to toys and gender. Thankfully, it looks like Lego has is moving back in the right direction with this commercial from last year. Though it may not be perfect, it's certainly on the right track.
9. Lead #LikeAGirl
Angela Merkel is the Chancellor of Germany, becoming the first woman to hold the position in 2005. During her time in office, she has has served as president of the European Council, chaired the G8, played key roles in managing the economic crisis of 2008 and has made waves in Germany's health care reform and energy development. Oh, and she's also a physical chemist, too.
10. Score #LikeAGirl
Marie-Philip Poulin scored the game-tying goal for Team Canada during the gold medal game against the US at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. She also scored the gold medal-winning goal in overtime. And that's not all—in 2010, she scored both goals for Team Canada to beat the US for the gold medal during the Vancouver Olympics. Talk about talent!
(We talked to Marie-Philip's teammate and longtime Team Canada captain, Hayley Wickenheiser, last year. Read the Q&A here.)
11. Surf #LikeAGirl
Can you ride waves like this? It's not about bikini bodies and tan lines—there's a whole lot of intense athleticism going on here.
12. Cry #LikeAGirl
Canadian women's figure skater Joannie Rochette demonstrated incredible strength when she skated to Olympic bronze in Vancouver just days after her mother passed away. She broke down at the end of her short program, and later cried as she took the podium. Her story was heart-wrenching, and we all cried #LikeAGirl along with her.
So, in summary: We do lots of things #LikeAGirl—and we're proud of it!
See the video that inspired this post, Always #LikeAGirl:
What kick-ass things do you do #LikeAGirl?
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