1. In 2014, Always made a series of commercials called #Likeagirl. They asked young girls, teenage girls, and some men to come in and complete a series of actions of the top of their head. Many of the questions asked were swim, run, throw, fight like a girl. The teenage girls and men ran, threw, fought playfully and jokingly like the stereotype of doing things like a girl. When the younger girls came in and completed their actions, it was entirely different. They ran as fast as they could, threw as hard as they could, and fought hard. The video then pointed out that "a girls confidence plummets during puberty". Many of the interviewees said that when a guy or anybody says that a person does something like a girl it affects their self-confidence. One of the teenage girls says, "Yes! I kick like a girl, I swim like a girl, and I walk like a girl, and I wake up in the morning like a girl, because I am a girl... But that isn't something that I should be ashamed of." In modern society, like a girl has become an insult, but, always and many of their partners want to change that. 2. This ad and message relates to the novel To Kill a Mockingbird because, for most if not all of the book, Scout is in the years where the outside influences such as Jem, Atticus, Aunt Alexandra, and Calpurnia influence her the most. When Jem says things such as you are acting too much like a girl or Aunt Alexandra sets standards for Scout to be a lady she starts to think that it is the standard or certain way she has to be. Like the commercial, Scout is being influenced by society and what others think is right.
1. The poem Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou illustrates the importance of being yourself even when faced with inequality and prejudice. It highlights what it means to be a woman and walk into a room with your head high. The poem says, "I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies." The confidence of the women as well as her comfortability in her own skin surprises people. They ask the women what her secret is and she says proudly, "I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me." The importance of being a woman and being proud is woven throughout the poem. With every line that Maya writes uncovers a deeper meaning about what being a woman means. 2. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout was seen less superior by Jem due to her gender. Although she is the same and can do the same tasks and activities as Jem, he continues to use her gender against her. Scout believes from an early age that girl things are bad and boy things are good and that she can avoid the badness of girls by not acting one. Being a girl for Scout is less a matter of what she's born with and more a matter of what she does. Maya Angelou wrote this poem to let a woman know it is ok to be yourself just like Scout does in the book.
1. Thousands of women gathered on Cambridge Common to express their feelings about women's rights and laws regarding women. Speakers from around Massachusetts and beyond spoke out against inequality for women and girls and different issues regarding them. As the article states, "Participants on Cambridge Common rallied for equality, dreamers, and equal pay for women in the workforce." The people marching is a representation a bigger force of strong and powerful women standing up for what is right. Activists and feminists are ridiculed and questioned every day because of what they believe but they continue to speak out no matter what anybody says. This years' march was centered around the idea of "People Persist". Women want others to continue to make equality a discussion and the fight going strong. Reporters said, "The rally encouraged women to engage civically in their communities." The rally was a symbolic event to motivate woman and girls around the world to continue to fight and to never back down. 2. As Scout grows up she is conflicted by how she is supposed to behave and is constantly under the impression that being a woman means being inferior. Similar to what the march stands for, Scout is faced with outside pressures influencing her perspective about what being a girl really means.
1. Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani girls education advocate who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban. The death threat against her formulated because she was teaching young girls the power of education. Malala continues to fight for gender equality, girls education, and women's rights for all. Merely nine months after being shot, Malala gave a speech at the United Nations. She highlighted to the press and people that, “the terrorists thought that they would change our aims and stop our ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear, and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage were born.” At the sane United Nations event in 2013, she also said, “The extremists were, and they are, afraid of books and pens. The power of education frightens them. They are afraid of women... Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons.” Regardless of the target on her back, Malala remains strong and an activist. She continues to use her platform to speak out against discrimination and gender inequality. 2. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird addresses woman equality and stereotypes with the main character Scout. Throughout the book, she was expected to be a lady and have the right manners and behavior. Aunt Alexander pushed her to be someone she was not just so she could uphold the family name. Another instance was when Jem told Scout that she was "acting too much like a girl" because she didn't want to torture Boo.