What Does It Mean to Be a “Strong Girl”?

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We are now two weeks deep into the Frisbee unit, but wanted to take a moment to reflect on where we began the semester. We did an exercise with the girls where we had them think about a few things like female role models in their life, their favorite sports, and what they want to be when they grew up. We also threw in a more open-ended question to see what the girls thought about female strength. We asked the girls, “What does it mean to be a ‘strong girl,’ a chica fuerte?”

 

Some of the (translated) responses are below:

  • To be brave
  • To be agile
  • A powerful woman
  • To face all that comes
  • A powerful woman with a lot of energy
  • To be strong and brave
  • To eat well and play sports
  • To be brave so that when someone says something, they respond strongly
  • Someone that is brave so that when someone criticizes them, they aren’t sad
  • A girl that doesn’t give up
  • Strong, brave and is an example
  • A chica dinámica
  • Someone brave and strong
  • Someone who is a leader
  • Someone who does sports and eats well
  • To be a good example to follow and never give up
  • An athlete
  • Someone brave
  • To be a leader everywhere
  • A strong girl
  • Someone that is strong
  • Someone who can do everything
  • Someone that doesn’t hide from anything encountered
  • Someone that doesn’t quite easily
  • A powerful girl
  • A strong person
  • Chicas dinámicas

It’s easy to see how strength is something that is translated into many different areas, and it is not just a physical attribute. It’s needed for leadership, for having healthy eating habits, in not hiding from hardship, and in having bravery and confidence in all aspects of life. They pretty much hit the nail on the head with this one.

It’s a good thing we still have sixteen more weeks to put these words into action. We already have seen girls stepping up and giving advice to newer or younger girls on how to throw. We have seen girls cheering each other on and celebrating when they complete a drill. We have seen them eat well and bring healthy snacks to class, and we have seen them push through frustration when learning how to throw a Frisbee (trust me—it’s not as easy as it looks!). They are well on their way to being expert “strong girls.”

Now we just have to remind them of these responses every time we do push-ups during warm-up…

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– Lydia