Saturday, January 8, 2011

You Can't Be What You Can't See: Empowering Girls

I saw this movie trailer today and was so moved by it that I felt I had to post it here (in case it's not visible, please click here). I have both a son and a daughter and spend most of my time trying to figure out the best way to help them grow up to believe in themselves. I try to teach them that what matters is what's inside. That is, how people treat one another is what is paramount, not what someone looks like. 

I want my daughter to grow up knowing her power comes from her mind and her heart, not from her body and her beauty. I want my son to respect women. I want him to know that women have so much more to offer to the world than just their sexuality. I want them both to know that it is because of a woman's ability to feel and listen and intuit that she brings so much to the table. 

For those of us with boys, it is up to us to teach them of the value of girls so that they will grow up to be men who know better, who do better and who fight the stereotype. For those of us with girls, remember that it is up to us to raise girls who will be women who know their value. In order to do that, we have to believe it ourselves. As Marie Wilson says at the end: you can't be what you can't see.

Thank you Empowering Girls for bringing this video to my attention!

And thank you for reading (and watching)!
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Empowering Girls said...

Hi Gina,

thank you for spreading the word :) It is my goal to spread this message across the world.

You might also like a little video that we have put together:

In the last few weeks the power point version of this video has been viewed 8k times and also been posted by Guy Kawasaki on alltop :) I am delighted.

Have a great weekend,

Christina Simon said...

Very cool! Thanks for sharing it.

Rachel Myers said...

Gina, Thank you for starting this conversation...
I lie awake at night thinking about this. like you said, raising Parks to be the change and raising Sam to be a strong women. Without teaching the boys, it means nothing. So much responsibility and such a powerful tool for who they are and what they can become. So often we focus on protecting the girls, we forget to also empower the boys. My pledge is to raise a little man that values women as much as raising my little lady to be the change that we all wish to see!

Linia said...

Gina - Thanks for sharing that. When you think back on how much progress women have made in terms of entering the workforce and breaking the glass ceiling, we, as a gender, can be proud. However, this video reminds me that we not only still have a long way to go, but we seem to have strayed way off course. I personally can't place the blame entirely on men for the "over-sexualization" of women. I think women often do it to themselves! I have caught myself dressing or acting a part to impress other women probably more often than I do so to impress men. I think there's the (comparatively speaking) handful of men who are vulgar and disrespectful (like the news guy in the video clip talking about PMS) but for the most part, I think WOMEN are harder on women than men are. As I get older, I am consciously trying to treat other women like sisters rather than competitors.

Ugh. I want to see that movie. I'm just so irritated at that man talking about PMS. (And of course, I'm sure he'd think I HAVE PMS because of my irritation at the mention.)

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