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What Does Always Live #LikeAGirl Mean to You?
The term Always Live #LikeAGirl resonates with me. I have three daughters and all three of them love to play sports, dance and be as active as possible. As I watch them grow, I love to watch them persevere when they try new things. This past soccer season, my youngest volunteered to be goalie one day and the rest is history. Being goalie isn’t easy. It has its ups and downs. I am so proud of her and love seeing her be so confident. I never want that feeling to fade.
Did you know that nearly 1 in 5 girls have missed activities because they can’t afford period protection? Period poverty is a real thing in the United States. At puberty, girls’ confidence plummets and having to miss activities because of lack of access to period products only makes this drop in confidence worse.
For me, this was a real eye opener. I’m a mom with three girls and I sobbed as I watched the video below. Knowing that we need them every month, I try my best to stock up when I see a great sale, but I understand that it is not that easy for all.
The idea of one of my daughters not being able to do something because she doesn’t have period protection is not acceptable to me. After watching the video and seeing the girls express their feelings about a sensitive topic makes me want to pitch in and help.
Watch the Always Live #LikeAGirl Video
You have to watch the video below to see how big of an impact this will have.
My youngest looks up to her older teenage sisters. They are wonderful role models for her. My oldest started curling last year and this year went out for the Winter Track team and for the first time ever, she is trying Shot Put. My other daughter joined the Junior Dance Competition Team and her school’s Modified Soccer team. When we Always Live #LikeAGirl, we are all actively playing our best and not being afraid to try something new.
photo by Deborah Karson
As an educator, the words “together we can make a difference” are said often among myself and my colleagues. To help #EndPeriodPoverty, Always and Walmart are donating a year’s supply of period products to 50 teams in 50 states.
The time has come to #EndPeriodPoverty. We have all donated food to those in need. I know I have also donated toys, books, and toiletries, but I have not donated period protection. That changes today.
How did you feel after seeing the new Always Live #LikeAGirl video?
My mom had four daughters as teens, it is a challenge. We were each very different in our interests and abilities, to me live like a girl means doing what you want to do and are capable of, not what others think you should and shouldn’t. One of my sisters played drums, did ballet, and could climb trees. I could sew and do art. My oldest sister was very studious and in honors, etc. My youngest sister was the baby of the family was able to get things ok’d a little easier than it was for the older ones. But we never felt held back, and that is a good feeling then, and for kids today!
Betsy Barnes says
The Always Live #LikeAGirl video is uplifting, love this idea!
After you told me that the video was heartbreaking, I can’t watch it! When giving to the food pantry, I’ve always included menstrual pads. Infact, my daughter was the one who suggested it!
Tamra Phelps says
I would say, for most girls in this World, it means to live in a way that shows perseverance and determination, because girls have to have those to survive in many places, and to get ahead even in this country.
Emma Prive says
Such an important issue that does not get discussed nearly as much as it should. Great article!
Anna V says
Crazy how this is still such problem!
Janet W. says
I love that your daughters aren’t afraid to try something new!
Priscilla P. says
This was eye-opening. Thank you.
Like a girl means without limits and not listening to expectation from anyone – following your own decisions in a society which would mold you into something you’re not.
It’s such a terrible problem
Paula Pennachio says
To me it means too always respect that you are a girl and help us always look good
Kristin C says
Thanks for bringing attention to this important issue.
Kathy Cox says
My Daughter was in love with Blaire the minute we got the new Catalog in the mail
Karen Propes says
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I started talking to my daughter early before her period about it so she would be prepared. Being prepared is an important thing. When she thought she was going to have her period she always carried extra pads. She came home one day and had given 2 girls pads because they didn’t have one. I praised her for that. But that is not enough, I talked to the school and told them that when there are machines in the restrooms they are always empty and that some girls can’t afford them. They started carrying them in the nurse’s station. That may help if all schools do that, but when they are not at school and can’t afford them opens up a whole new problem. Now that my Daughter has grown up, she is doing the same things I did. She also leaves protection for students at my Granddaughter’s after-school care. I will always add them to donations from now on and pass on to my friends and to my Church. This is important, it’s hard enough to have to be growing up and accept the perils that go along with that, but being without protection and not being able to participate in all activities is terrible.
VICKIE HEITMAN says
That’s great that you bought an important subject for people to discuss
So glad that we are all working together to support girls who need. Teamwork!
This shouldn’t be a problem anymore, so sad. We need to work together to fix it!
Dolores Miranda says
Very sad and eye opening!I will start to donate period protection next time I give to a food pantry or charity!
June S. says
(What Does Always Live #LikeAGirl Mean to You?) I agree that this is probably an item that is over looked when donating female products.
Real eye opener!
Peggy Bolling says
It means to be yourself and do the things that make you happy. Sports are no longer a boys only thing. Your girls have moxie!!!
oh thats sad
Nancy Femmer says
Live your life to the fullest.
Be strong and beautiful inside and out.
Search to be what you want to be, never let anyone tell you that you can’t. Be strong Willed. Love those who are less fortunate.
What a great cause! I’ve never thought of donating period products before, but I will now! Thanks so much for sharing this important information.
Mary Songer says
As a woman, I’m sad to say that this need never occurred to me. I’ll be looking into donating to this cause. Not just for woman on teams but women in shelters.
kathy pease says
This sounds great and such a unique way of helping those in need. I have hit menopause a few years back and am so happy those days are over.