Run Like A Girl

Run Like A Girl

Have you seen the new Always ad campaign? If not, I’ve attached the video to this post. As a mother of two young girls and a doctor to many, this marketing ploy made me stop and really think – how do our girls see themselves? What do they believe they are capable of accomplishing? What facets of their personhood do they believe really matter?

We have all witnessed the change in self-esteem that accompanies puberty in kids, both girls and boys. For many girls though, the pressure to look and act a certain way begins to reign paramount to a once strong interest in academics and sports. For the girls who continue to excel in the classroom and on the field, their success in these realms is often tempered by their physical appeal. Do they successfully emulate the images they see around them constantly?

It is a lot to ask of anyone, much less someone who is still trying to figure out their place in the world, to look beautiful, maintain schoo…