international womans day

Like a girl………

What does this mean to you? To me this means being confident, self-assured and assertive! Something that does not come easy in a male dominated society.

Our blog this month is in honour of International Women’s Day. A day to reflect on how far we have come in society to give women the voice they so rightly deserve. Having said that, there is still a long way to go for equality for women.

My 12 year old son was listening to the radio with me recently when they were discussing inequality in pay for women. He was baffled as to why women would get paid less for doing the same job as a man, just because of their gender. I was proud of him for his genuine concern as to why this is the case, but know only too well how his opinion may change over the years from what he will learn through the media and his peers. My hope is that our parenting will ensure he continues to be concerned about inequalities, and like his parents; strive for fairness and equality.

I have lost count the amount of times I have heard parents say to their child, “stop crying like a girl”. Really…………! But what does that mean, or what does that say to our next generation? Are you saying your son shouldn’t cry? Are you saying girls are more likely to cry? Because neither of these statements are correct! Look around your child’s bedroom, look at the toys you have bought for them? By buying gender specific toys for your child what message are you giving them and ultimately what impact is this having on them in the long term?

Today, 7 out of 10 girls feel they don’t belong in sports! Evidence shows over half quit sports around their teenage years, when their confidence takes a nose dive and they are trying to conform to social expectations. As well as having to stop something they love, they then loose the benefits of playing sports, which is one of the biggest confidence building activities for them. And again what impact does this have on them when they leave school, in the workplace, and in their relationships??

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We need to ensure we empower our girls to be confident, self-assured and assertive. Let’s change the meaning of “like a girl” from being a negative to being a positive!
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