Girls can do anything boys can do

This past Thursday's meeting of Girl Rising was truly inspiring. I finally had the opportunity to teach them something and the girls had the opportunity to share with one another.  In just 2 meetings, the girls and I have developed a deeper bond with each other that makes my heart so happy. Even though I already had a relationship with all 20 of the girls, it's wonderful to have this group to share our thoughts and feelings with each other. Girl Rising gives each of us the platform to develop our passions and grow into better people. Honestly, this club is just as meaningful and transformative to me as it is to them. I am truly blessed. 

Like I said in last week's post, the girls were each given a journal in which they can write their thoughts/feelings on a particular quote. I decided that we would spend the first few minutes of every meeting giving them time to share the ideas they wrote. I didn't really have high expectations for this week's journals being that it was their first time, but WOW. I was blown away by the critical thought and emotion that many of the girls put into their journal entries. These girls are between the ages of 7-9 and I was amazed by the mature reflections they were able to come up with. Here is one of my favorites: 

A girl should be two things: who and what she wants. 
A girl/woman should be anything she would love and deserves. 
No matter what people say. She knows her own rights. Keep working harder 
and climb the mountain to her dreams. Stand up and the show the world! 

Unbelievable. Can you believe a 3rd grader wrote that? If that doesn't inspire you, I don't know what will. 

I divided the girls up into groups and gave each group an index card that assigned them something to draw. They had to work together together to complete the task. The 4 assignments were: 
Draw a person who helps put out fires. Give that person a name. 

 Draw a person who teaches kids. Give that person a name. 

Draw a person who fixes cars. Give that person a name. 

Draw a person who helps the doctor in the hospital. Give that person a name. 

So as you can see, the nurse was a girl, the mechanic was a boy, and the teacher was girl. However, the group that did the firefighter decided to make it a girl! After this activity, we talked about gender stereotypes and and women and men are expected to do different things in this world. We made a list of "boy things" and "girl things". It was funny because many of them were saying that they enjoy a lot of the things we listed as "boy things". However, when I turned it around and asked if it's okay for a boy to do ballet or for a boy to play with dolls, they were slightly confused. I'm not sure how convinced they were on boys doing girls things but I expressed to them the importance of not being limited by one's gender. The most important thing to me about this group is that I expose them to information they didn't know before and plant the seed for future conversations. 

The quote for next week's meeting is: 

"Don't ever let them silence you, girl. 
You are sensational. What you have to say is important, it is relevant. 
You are undeniable. 
You are capable, indescribable, and revolutionary.
You are beautiful."

The girls will be writing their thoughts on this quote during the week and I'm sure they will impress me once again with their profound words of self-love and empowerment. :) 

1 comment :

  1. Go Ms. Martin & Little SHINEsters!! Y'all are awesome!! Love, Mrs. Burleson