In 2016, girls are still being told they can’t play certain sports because of their gender. But a new video is showing them they don’t have to listen.
In the clip above, a group of youngsters open up about the restrictions they face at school and at home.
“I’ve been told that I can’t do basketball because apparently it’s a boy sport,” says Meg, 10.
Isabella, 11, adds: “I was in soccer for inter-school sports and I tried to score a goal.
“Then a guy came up to me and said ‘you can’t score a goal because you’re a girl.’ I was like, ‘yes I can.’”
The video was created by Australian health and fitness club Fernwood Fitness, who asked 50 girls the question: “Has anyone ever told you that you can’t do something because you’re a girl?”
It follows on from the Always #LikeAGirl campaign, which aims to empower girls by showing that throwing, kicking or running “like a girl” is something to be proud of.
Research recently commissioned by the Always campaign revealed more than half (64%) of girls quit sport by the time they end puberty.
But thankfully, the girls in the Fernwood video seem undeterred by the restrictive comments they’ve received.
“I believe that all girls can do the same things that boys can do,” Stephanie, 12, says.
Isabella adds: “I do what people tell me I can’t do and prove them wrong.”
That’s what we like to hear.