As featured in Huffingtonpost.com, 13-year old Ella Fields made a film to participate in the Cinematic Art Academy in Millikan Middle School in LA. Her film re-imagines a world where gender roles are reversed–where boys wore dresses and participated in musical plays and girls wore pants and only engaged in sports.
In an interview with the feature’s author, Emily McCombs, Ella expressed that the purpose of her film was to raise awareness to how stereotypes are meaningless. “Girls can do anything boys can do, and boys can do anything we can, too, ” Ella adds.
Since then, her video has been viewed more than 1.6 million times. A sign that more and more people are joining in the conversation on breaking down the barriers of gender roles and giving our sons and daughters the freedom to choose their identity and passions in their individual. It’s also a reminder to all of us, parents, that we should always learn to be open to our children’s choices and support them as much as we can despite what we, or society is used to.
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