U.S. ice hockey olympic gold medalist Hilary Knight joins the Like A Girl campaign, proving once again why she is such a great role model for young girls.
The Like A Girl campaign is an organization that was founded not as a feminist movement, but as a movement for gender equality. It’s goal is simple: proving that girls can do anything boys can do. As a firm believer in gender equality (and also a fan of hockey in general), seeing olympian Hilary Knight join the cause was great to see.
As a female olympic gold medal winner, Hilary Knight really shows us how to “do it like a girl.” She currently plays for the Boston Blades and was really enthusiastic about joining the cause. As a female athlete, Knight has definitely faced her fair share of criticisms.
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Knight told the campaign organizers that being an ice hockey player, she has been told plenty of times that she “shoots like a girl”, implying that she doesn’t shoot well. Her opinion is a little different though, when she hears the comments, she takes them as compliments. I mean… She is an olympic gold medalist after all.
Hilary has also participated in other gender equality campaigns for women in the sporting industry. Back in October she joined an organization involved in the World Girl’s Ice Hockey Week, when she skated with the Anaheim Ducks to help promote women getting involved in the sport.
Although she has received numerous offers to play on men’s ice hockey leagues throughout Europe, she has declined all of the offers. Being a woman in sports is extremely important to Knight. When approached by the media she stated, “If I look at hockey specifically – yes, I’m a professional hockey player … Supporting and being proud of who I am and where I come from, and innately being a female and being a woman in sports, that’s sort of my dream goal to continue to push women’s sports.”
The sports industry – including ice hockey – is no longer limited to just men. Women around the world are striking down stereotypes that “doing it like a girl” means anything other than doing it well.
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