Marvel’s message, a famous advertisement campaign came to mind. In 2014, Always, a brand of feminine hygiene products, launched an amazing campaign titled “Like a Girl”. If you do not remember it, you should watch the video that was produced for the campaign by going to YouTube and search- ing “run like a girl”. This three-minute video features older boys and girls who are asked to do things “like a girl”. The short film quickly shows viewers that “like a girl” is often interpreted as an insult, as many of them giggle, flip their hair and flail their arms around when they are asked to run, throw and fight like a girl.

Yet when young girls are asked to run, fight and throw like a girl, the results are drasti- cally different. When one little girl is asked what it means to run like a girl, she re- sponds by saying “it means run as fast as you can”, prompting Always to ask “when did doing something ‘like a girl’ become an insult?”. More than 67 million people so far have enjoyed the beautiful message of that video.

I work at an international school with 52 nationalities represented among our co-ed

“It is important that gender equality becomes a normal part of life in every corner of the world.”

student body. We posted this video on our social media channels because, along with acceptance of cultural diversity and differing points of view, it is important that gender equality becomes a normal part of life in every corner of the world. Our school was founded in 1956 by Mary Crist Fleming, a woman who challenged the society of her time and defied con- vention. She built a school based on the idea that everything is possible, no matter if you are a woman or a man, as long as you are willing to work hard.

This is the message I gleaned from Captain Marvelwhen I saw her movie. As a proud father of two girls, I love the fact that a woman superhero is a normal thing for them, that they can dream big in life and nothing will stop them from making that dream come true. I know that there is still a lot of work to be done to achieve true gender equality but when I look back at the society I grew up in, I am happy for the advances that have been made and hopeful for an even better future. And, by the way, Captain Marvel runs like a girl be- cause she is a girl.

Angel Lozano is the director of institutional advancement at TASIS The American School in England. He and his family lived in Spain, the US, and South Korea before moving to the UK. Find out more at FOCUS The Magazine 23

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