Girlhood is a topic that is instilled in youth at fairly young ages. From the Always commercial, Like a Girl, asks girls of various ages to do certain actions or tasks as girls would. One thing that really stood out to me was how the younger girls did these actions more similar to boys that the older girls. For example, an older girl was asked to run like a girl and she ran in an almost “ditzy” manner. The younger girl was told to do the same thing and she ran as fast as she could. This shows that as girls age they tend to fall more into the stereotypes forced upon them. In Erica Hateley’s Keyword essay, “Gender,” she talks about how children’s stories already lay out the gender differences in job choice. In the book “The Little House on the Prairie,” by Laura Ingles, the wife in the story got hurt while helping the husband build the house. When I read this, I immediately thought about how this illustrates women as being weaker and better suited for more domestic tasks. Between movies, shows, books, and commercials, young girls are shown the proper way to act like a girl. As they get older, these stereotypes become more prominent and girls who do not do typical girl things are viewed as being different. The first time I watched the Always commercial I was immensely impacted. “Like a girl” has such a negative connotation to it and I think it would be amazing to flip the meaning of it around to be something to be proud of, instead of shameful of.