Pretty much any parent of girls watching this Super Bowl ad had a response. It not only hits on a myth that many of us unconsciously perpetuate (self included), but the line
“A girl’s confidence plummets during puberty”
was a gut-punch if there ever was one (and one that is supported by countless studies). So, yes, a major reexamination of this notion of what is means to run, walk, dance, swing and more like a girl is in order.
Here are five truly amazing websites that support, encourage and educate all of us about what it means to truly for girls to realize all of their potential. Great for daughters, parents and everyone who knows one.
Touting itself as the largest collection of videos dedicated to telling women’s stories, Makers highlights high-achieving women in all fields, from politics to boxing, and activists to architects, from teenagers to octogenarians. Hillary Clinton, Carol Burnett, Marissa Mayer, Judy Blume and hundreds of other women speak candidly about their accomplishments, challenges and convictions at this AOL-developed project.
A fabulous site geared towards girls, Ban Bossy is a nonprofit started by Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg in partnership with Girl Scouts. The basic premise is this: When boys assert themselves, it’s called leadership; when girls to the same, they’re branded as “bossy.” The site helps shift that notion from bossy to leadership via a powerful selection of statistics, articles and voices challenging the “bossy” label.
With an aim to create what she calls a funny version of the Girls Scouts, comedian Amy Poehler and producer Meredith Walker started the web series Smart Girls at the Party in 2008. All of the videos, which feature Poehler interviewing teenage girls about their passions, interests, worries and dreams in a compellingly down-to-earth way, as well as articles, are featured on the site.
This is an empowering site dedicated to highlighting the ways adolescent girls can create change in their families, villages and countries. International in scope, with articles, videos and compelling statistics on global poverty, The Girl Effect offers insight into the problems and challenges of young girls across the globe, giving them ideas and inspiration on how to be a force for change.
A project of the National Academy of Engineering, Engineer Girl is an exceptional site dedicated to inspiring and encouraging girls to pursue careers in engineering. Video interviews with female engineers of a variety of ages, the latest in contests and scholarships, and a blog that highlights little known facts about the field all come together to create an excellent destination for science-minded girls.