Getting Out of the “Girl Box”

What exactly is the “girl box?” The “girl box” is a place where many girls seek refuge in early adolescence. It feels safe, comfortable.

But all the “girl box” really is is the amalgam of societal expectations for what a girl should be like. In other words, the “girl box” encourages girls to be what they think everyone else wants them to be instead of who they really are. This box values what they look like on the outside more than what they are like on the inside, which can have harmful effects on a growing girl’s self-esteem and body image.

At Girls on the Run, we strive to let our girls know that the “girl box” is neither safe nor healthy. No one should have to conform to societal standards that box their true colors in. We want to let our girls out. We want them to be who they want to be, be who they truly are, rather than hide their true selves in a box. We want them to shine their own unique light on the world without fear of reprisal.

So how do we do that? Girls on the Run focuses on helping 3rd – 5th grade girls develop a healthy self-image. We help them realize that they are perfect just the way they are.


  • have a strong sense of identity
  • give and receive support from a group
  • stand up for themselves in a healthy manner
  • have a healthy body image
  • understand their importance in the community
  • complete a 5k run/walk event

No “girl box” in there!

So how can you help? Help us help your daughter by encouraging her to always be true to herself, to stand up for what she believes in, and to value herself and others for what they are on the inside, not the outside. Because that’s what being a GOTR girl and breaking out of the “girl box” is really all about.

Want help breaking out of the “girl box” yourself? Sign up to be a SoleMate, the adult running arm of Girls on the Run. Never run before? No worries – that’s what box breaking is all about. Learn more here.




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