Posted by: chelseamanyen | January 19, 2016


This video I saw and actually did a presentation on in a philosophy course I was in a few semesters ago. It’s a different take to our “women and leadership” course but I think it correlates in that these girls could grow up to be the women leaders that we hope to see. Their motivations are not diminished by the fact of “being a girl” and that fact actually drives them more to prove to others that being a girl does not make them weak, that they are capable of so much.



  1. I find it so crazy how people that either discriminate against women, or say “like a girl” in a negative way, don’t imagine that they are saying that to their own daughters, sisters, and friends. Top execs would never want their family members to not get hired because they are women, but they don’t always think about that perspective when they unintentionally do the same to their female employees trying to move up. It makes it so different when we relate it to something personal.

  2. I remember seeing this video as I scrolled through Facebook maybe sometime last year. My initial reaction was simply “wow, I’m glad they are informing the public about these issues.” Now, as I watch it in light of our discussions in class I’m reminded of how what has been said about sex and gender. At the beginning when they asked what it meant like to “run like a girl,” the actions reflected on what people had been used to recalling through their experiences of that term. But, when they asked the young girls the same thing, they hadn’t had those negative experiences yet so they were able to freely express the true essence of the phrase. Clearly, there is a gap around the time of puberty that lessens the likelihood of girls believing in themselves. As a future educator and leader in the classroom, I value so deeply seeing young girls and boys having motivation and dedication to anything they set their mind too. This video also makes me think of the great women athletes out there (Alex Morgan, the William sisters, Danica Patrick, Gabby Douglas, only to name a few) and how much they have done to inspire young girls!

  3. Strikingly, I hadn’t really ever addressed the term “like a girl”. Most of my friends growing up were men and they just saw me as one of the guys. Thus, I really never thought much of it because it wasn’t applied to me. After further consideration I 100% could see how it could be demeaning and rude. This phrase, like many others in our society tends to patriarchal in nature— women are belittled in some way by means of the comment. I think the difference here is that young men from an early age are made aware of how masculinity is tied to men and femininity to women supposedly. Thus, I would note that the phrase isn’t the problem. It’s the way it is looked intended in this day in society. The problem lies with those raising young boys to think they are more athletic, strong, and independent than women. Thus, the leaders that need to step up and take responsibility for curtailing the offensive comments are the parents and or guardians of young men. Teach them that equality exists among sexes through co-ed recreational time, educational programs, and sit down talks about how sex doesn’t always define one’s physical or mental abilities.

  4. There is actually an equally inspiring and thought-provoking video which I think is entitled “be a man”.
    It is so common to accidentally add these phrases into conversation without fully grasping their meaning, implications, or how they are affecting the people (especially little kids) around you.
    I know many little boys grow up being told to “be a man” which means not to cry, not to show emotion, and not to share feelings. I think this totally relates to what Alexis was saying on the comment above because even that sentence I just typed showed my perception of what I think that phrase “be a man” really means.
    “Being a man” could mean being thoughtful and understanding and loving, but most of society right now equates “man” to tough, strong, and assertive.
    Which oddly enough, as we saw in our reading for today, look a lot like the characteristics we attribute to the word “leader”… tough, strong, assertive..

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