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“You throw like a girl!”
“You run like a girl!”
“You play like a girl!”
To this day, you won’t catch me playing any type of sport that requires running or throwing. That’s how damaging this type of mentality was to my young heart and ability to believe in myself.
I never could have predicted how my girl’s athletic gifts would blossom, but I KNEW in my heart that I was going to encourage her to play like
That was her moment. A small chip on her shoulders developed as she determined to prove that playing like a girl was magic.
You may remember seeing previous Always Live #LikeAGirl videos that encouraged girls to embrace their athleticism and soar into their talents. She and I watched it over and over again. This is a time in life that confidence can disappear…leaving your middle schooler or teenager a less confident version of the girl you have been raising. I’m grateful she has continued to strive for new success and embrace the lessons that come with losing.
Unfortunately, that is not the case for so many girls.
It’s called period poverty. Nearly 1 in 5 girls in the United States have missed school because they can’t afford period protection. But it isn’t only school they are missing. They skip sports and activities that give them the confidence to be the young women they want to be.
Here’s the good news:
Always is once again making confidence in young girls a priority. They have partnered with Walmart to #EndPeriodPoverty. Together, they are donating a year’s worth of pads to 50 teams in 50 states.
Grab a tissue and watch this quick video:
Girls miss out on friendship.
And the opportunity to see themselves as valuable.
I witnessed this while traveling to Uganda this past summer. It was heartbreaking to see so many girls NEEDING to stay home when they get their period. But it is happening right here at home as well.
One in five.
Let that sink in.
Who, I hope, will continue to run, throw, shoot, swim, dance and PLAY LIKE THE GIRL THEY WERE MEANT TO BE.
Confidence it a beautiful thing. It is a gift.
It can change the course of a young girl’s life.