Girls Breaking the Status Quo

December 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

So I may seem to be sounding a little repetitive with my blogs having to do with sports, but I just couldn’t stop reading articles about this little girl. Sam Gordon is your typical nine year old girl except for one incredible trait. Rather than join a cheerleading squad or take ballet lessons, Sam Gordon began to play for an all-boys football league. Although this is her first season playing, she has been dominating in every single game scoring a total of 35 touchdowns and having 1,900 yards this season alone.

She instantly became an overnight sensation when her father posted a video on Youtube highlighting her amazing feats in her games this season. Since then, she has been on Good Morning America, appeared on the set of the NFL Network where she tackled Marshall Faulk, and has even had the opportunity to huddle up with the 49ers at practice. The moment I saw her video on Youtube, I couldn’t help but smile. She is so tiny yet extremely talented and what makes it all so heartwarming to watch is that the boys on her team are okay with her incredible talent. She was even able to lead them to their championship game.

Now, I’m really not one to follow sports but upon finding this story, I couldn’t just let it go like I do most other sports articles that show up on my Yahoo feed. I became inspired through this story because Sam isn’t just making a name for herself, but for thousands of other little girls across the country who aspire to be in sports that are for the most part—dominated by the male gender. Of course, like with every other video or story posted on the internet, there will be those who demean the courageous acts that this little girl has shown over the past couple of weeks. It’s hard to believe that there are people out there who truly believe that girls don’t possess the same capabilities as boys. Furthermore, I think it’s time that our society to see past gender issues and begin to teach children that they can do whatever they set their mind regardless of what gender they are. This doesn’t have to do with just sports, but with anything in general.

Having always liked engineering and computer programming, I would enroll myself in those types of classes in high school and would almost always be the only girl in the classroom. It never bothered me and I never really felt inferior to all of the 24 boys in the classroom mainly because I would have the same grades if not higher as they did and because they would treat me like any other student. Despite this, I remember many of my friends would be afraid to take those classes because of the fact that they were depicted as mainly for boys. I think this was where I truly began to desire to work at bringing about gender equality wherever I could.

When reading about stories like Sam Gordon’s or Sarah Baxter’s (11-year old who finished a 3-mile run in 16 minutes), it brings a sense of pride and satisfaction to me in knowing that the future will only bring greater gender equality because our younger generations are able to see past sports or careers being boy only or girl only. I have a feeling that we will only be seeing even more examples of women breaking the status quo and making a name for themselves in places that would normally be dominated by men.  So to those that still believe that girls can’t beat the boys, I believe Sam Gordon is a great example that those claims simply aren’t true and I believe we need to push little girls and women as well to believe in their dreams and their aspirations no matter how difficult they may seem.

– Jennifer C.

US Olympian in the Making

November 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

We all remember the amazing accomplishments that so many of the US women achieved at the 2012 London Summer Olympics this past summer. I remember watching the events and getting chills every time the women’s teams won a medal. From swimming, to gymnastics, to track, US women were leaving their mark in London.

I recently stumbled upon an article about a teen girl beating an 11-year old track record on a 3-mile course. Sarah Baxter finished the course in 16:00 minutes; an entire minute and 7 seconds less than the fastest time recorded!  What stood out to me the most was the final quote in the article from her coach Roger Evans. “It was something they thought insurmountable, that a girl could run that fast,” said Evans about Sarah’s amazing feat. It was enlightening to know that the perception that women can’t do things as well as men was broken and reevaluated by Sarah just doing what she loved to do. It’s nice to see that women’s equality in the face of society is still evolving to this day. I can already see Sarah Baxter making major headline news in future Olympics!

– Jennifer C.

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