LBarryPicThe Super Bowl has officially surpassed simply marking the end of the football season. One of the big takeaways this year for many people wasn’t what occurred on the field, but what occurred during the commercials.

The Doritos and Bud Light commercials were still present, but there were also way more social justice movement commercials that included themes like domestic violence awareness and women empowerment.

This year, Always introduced their new ad campaign “Like A Girl.” The commercial includes different people of different ages depicting what it means to run like a girl, throw like a girl, and fight like a girl. The young girls of the future showed tenacity when it came to these endeavors, while the older participants acted in a stereotypical manner to depict girls. Always has brought the question to mind, when did “Like A Girl” become an insult?

Row of women holding handsTo me, “Like A Girl” means never giving up when people tell you that you can’t do something. It means taking a stand and creating a movement. “Like A Girl” means being intelligent, witty, being able to do calculus, or discovering a cure. I found three of the biggest women in the news this past year and decided that they show what it means to live “Like A Girl.”

Three Stand-Out Women

1. Amal Ramzi Clooney

– Lawyer, Activist, and Writer
– Holds degrees from the University of Oxford and NYU School of Law
– Worked in the Office of the Prosecutor at the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon and at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
– In August 2014, Clooney was selected for the UN’s three-member commission to look into possible violations of the rules of war in the Gaza Strip during the Israel–Gaza conflict.

2. Maryam Mirzakhani

– First woman and first Iranian to ever win the Fields Medal (2014)
– Won two gold medals at the International Mathematics Olympiad (while receiving  a perfect score)
– Professor at Stanford
– Holds a Ph.D. from Harvard

3. Adm. Michelle J. Howard

– First woman to be named a four star admiral of the United States Navy
– Vice Chief of Naval Operations
– First woman and first African American to be named second in command of the Navy
– Fought in the Persian Gulf War and has been decorated with numerous awards
– Depicted in the Oscar nominated movie “Captain Phillips”

I encourage you to fight like a girl, run like a girl, and dare to dream like a girl. Why? Because girls can do anything.

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