Katie Katie Parsons is the creator of Mumbling Mommy and is a freelance writer, editor and communications specialist. She works from her home office on the east coast of Florida. Most often she writes about life in a combined family of five children and what it's like being a full time work-from-home parent. Feel free to pitch guest post ideas or just drop her a line at katie@mumblingmommy.com.

There is a big push in media right now to change the way women are portrayed, particularly in messages to young women. As a mom to three girls (and a fourth on the way), I appreciate this push to think beyond the, ‘act like a girl’ mentality.

My daughter London, running “like a girl”

Act Like a Girl

The latest ad from Always shows that we still have a long way to go, though, when it comes to our words and how we view gender stereotypes in our society. Take a look at what happens when different actors are told to do certain actions to “act like a girl.” Notice the difference in actions based on age:

My girls are still in the “girls can do anything” phase and I hope that as parents, we can continue to cultivate this attitude — and that we will continue to have backup from society through powerful messages in the media like this one. Bravo, Always.


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