Reflect on whether you use gender-neutral language by downloading Sheboard.
Research shows that we talk differently to children depending on their gender. We talk to boys about their abilities. We talk to girls about their bodies. And little by little this starts to influence how they see themselves. When you hear it day after day – you start believing it.
Boys are brave. Girls are pretty.
We don’t always even realize when the words we choose strengthen stereotypes. Plan’s Sheboard helps everyone reflect on – and possibly change – the ways we talk to and about girls. Sheboard also reminds girls about the abilities they have that people don’t always think to mention – that she too can be brave.
You are valuable
It hasn’t always been easy to grow up as a second-generation immigrant. To be a minority, to look different from others. Over time I've learned to appreciate my uniqueness. Because that’s what it’s all about – you are you. You are one of a kind. You are valuable. No matter what others may think.
I am capable
Girls are smart, kind, inspiring and awesome! Yet we spend a lot of time stressing over being perfect. We struggle with the fear of failure because that’s what we’re taught to do. The lack of self-confidence often keeps us from pursuing our dreams and that’s just wrong.
Level with me
These are my words of power. I see it as coming to an equal level with me, standing for fairness and honesty. Girls don’t have to put up with irreverence.
You are magic
A dear friend once said this to me at a time I was going through some struggles. It made my heart melt. The timing couldn’t have been better, her words gave me so much strength. We have all this potential inside of us, which we so easily tend to forget. Take this as the daily reminder of your sparkle.
My voice is very important
I’m brave, I’m courageous, I work hard, I’m determined and I’m also a goodwill ambassador. I always try to challenge myself by stepping out of my comfort zone and going after something I want to achieve.
Girls can be whatever they choose to be
It’s the beauty of being a girl. We can be strong, we can be sensitive, we can have opinions. No girl is the same – there is no need to fit in any mould. You should always just be you.
Be your own kind of beautiful.
My mother taught me that when I was a little girl. She told me to build my beauty from within, anchored in nothing else but myself and who I am. She taught me that beauty on the surface fades, but inner beauty never fades, only grows with love, compassion and kindness.
Girls get to be serious
As a woman and a girl I’ve always been told to smile more. “Don’t be so serious.” “Loosen up a bit.” I don’t think men and boys hear that. Girls are expected to please other people by smiling. Like, this is me, always happy and positive and a ray of sunshine, here only to lighten up the mood.
Help girls across the world reach their full potential.