by (various) LiveGirl leaders
What’s it like being a girl in today’s world? We asked four of our girl leaders to provide their perspective. Read on.
Hi! My name is Mackenzie. I am 14 years old and I go to the Windward school in White Plains NY. To me- being a girl in today’s world means to be strong when others doubt or degrade you, not to dress for others but to dress for yourself, to love yourself no matter your shape or size, to strengthen those who are weak, to be brave when others are afraid, and to listen to what people around you have to say because everyone deserves to be heard. Our society tells girls that they can’t do everything and that they are limited to a certain image or standard. But I believe that girls are our future. In today’s world, there is so much hate and violence. I think girls can create positive change by spreading kindness to each other because there is nothing stronger than supporting and loving one another. Our world needs to unleash the power of every smart, strong, special girl.
Hi, my name is Amelie L’Henaff. I’m 13 and I go to Saxe Middle School in New Canaan.
What’s it like to be a girl in today’s world? Growing up in a society where girls are pressured to be a certain way is hard and somewhat intimidating. Something as simple as clothing becomes a huge problem in my daily life. At school, a girl might get reprimanded if her bra straps are showing -while a boy wearing low hung pants with visible underwear is not. Why is it that girls are taught to cover up but boys aren’t taught to keep their hands or comments to themselves? Also, I feel like sometimes I’m not taken seriously as a girl. Why do people snicker when I talk about wanting to go to Harvard Law School or be the president of the United States? It sometimes feels like I have to work twice as hard and have to continuously prove that I am smart and competent. These types of social inequalities that girls deal with on a daily basis are often overlooked. But I know who I am. I know my power. And I am committed to making positive change in the world.
Hi, My name is Sabrina Ahamed. I’m 17 years old and I go to the Academy of Information Technology and Engineering high school in Stamford, CT. Being a girl in today’s society is a lot. Having friends and family to support what you want to do for your day to day life is pretty phenomenal. Keeping in mind that many girls around the world don’t have a chance at that. And we have the opportunity of becoming whoever we want to be in this world. But at the same time, being a girl can be pretty hard too. I am a Muslim girl and while my faith is very important to me, the struggles can be big. Stereotypes can be poured down on you creating a spiral of being brought down with hurtful words and phrases. And with the influence of social media, it’s easier feel stopped and closed because of what people say. On social media, If we don’t meet the standard “model type look”, girls can sometimes feel horrible about ourselves. Which makes being a girl hard. BUT there is hope. Honestly, I am proud of women all over the nation and globe because we are making positive change. Look at Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban because she wanted girls in Pakistan to have education, and now she’s advocating for girls’ education. She is a definition of hope. Yes, girls face challenges, but there is hope and I am committed to making positive change.
Hi, My name is Maren. I am 12 years old and I go to Country School in New Canaan. Being a girl in this day and age can be easy and hard. It’s great that as a society we have made so much progress on women’s rights. Living in the US, I have access to everything a boy does, and have similar opportunities. But there still are some struggles I have to overcome. With so many opportunities, girls do feel heavy expectations to be perfect. And not all boys my age understand the importance of feminism. But I don’t let that slow me down.