Many of you might have seen recent videos released by Always that ask adolescent girls and boys what it means to “run like a girl”. The #LikeAGirl campaign is shifting the context it is commonly used to be a more positive way to describe girls’ physical, emotional, and mental well-being. We have all heard the term, “like a girl”, used in a variety of negatives ways to describe someone’s physical capabilities. Statements like “you throw like a girl”, “you hit like a girl”, “you run like a girl”, are often used to make fun of an individual’s performance. Using this term can drastically affect girls’ self-confidence from adolescents and beyond. What I constantly ask myself is, when did performing like a girl become such a bad thing?

Changing the way society views females is exactly what FAME strives to do. In addition to advocacy, we also try to provide opportunities for females to be active, gain confidence, establish new skills and see physical activity as a positive part of their life. We are currently offering a Girls on the Move program every Wednesday evening from 6:30-8pm for girls in Grades 4-6. The program is FREE, and will run until May 25, 2016 at St. Michael’s School gymnasium. Our goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for girls to be physically active in an environment that is positive, barrier free, and exposes girls to new activities they may have never tried. You can register by emailing famemedicinehat@gmail.com (drop-ins are also welcome).

To parents, educators, coaches and anyone who works with young females, let’s change the way we view their physical capabilities. My hope is that the term “like a girl” empowers females and turns from an insult, to the best compliment they can receive. “Someone told me I run like a girl, I said if he ran faster he could too”.

Sonya Brown is the Chair of the FAME committee and can be reached at famemedicinehat@gmail.com