Run like a girl

Since it’s Women’s Month, I had to leap onto my soapbox.  Of course women face far less discrimination that they did in the past, but for many, the claim “of course I agree that women are equal” is true only insofar as women are seen as being equal to each other!

I’m not blaming men.  Sadly, women are often just as guilty of undermining themselves.  P&G’s great video challenges women to re-think their perceptions and reclaim their power.  It compares the responses of women (and men) with those of young girls who haven’t yet lost confidence in their abilities, just because they’re girls.

I take my hat off to P&G and Always, and I love that this video has gone viral (with over 47 millions views in less than 6 weeks.) And with any luck, a few more people will begin to judge women on who they are, what they stand for and what they can do, rather than on gender stereotypes.

Let me know what you think in the comments section.



  1. Robert Johnson on August 16, 2014 at 09:00

    Hi Ann,

    Wow, so true and I’m so guilty of the exact same stereotyping. Sad that we don’t stop and think about what we say, interrogate what we think.

  2. Margaret on August 15, 2014 at 10:19

    Agree with Simone. Wow how we stereotype ourselves.

  3. Simone on August 14, 2014 at 13:57

    Made me rethink .. Very thoughtful

    • Ann Druce on August 14, 2014 at 14:56

      Excellent! And don’t you love the young boy’s response that he wasn’t insulting his sister, but maybe girls in general. Just goes to show the insidious nature of stereotypes.

  4. Jennifer Smith on August 14, 2014 at 12:55

    Hi Ann, thanks for brining this advert to my attention. I think it is exceptional in the work that it does to improve how girls and women think of themselves and how boys and men perceive us and our capabilities. love it!

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