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What do would-be teenage beauty queens have to gain from competing in pageants? These rituals give a unique perspective on growing up female.
Teenage athletes try to find balance between strength and femininity within a society that expects girls to be docile, delicate, and compliant.
A graduate of the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women, Carol produced and directed the ITVS program, Baby Love, which won a Golden Apple from the National Educational Media Association. She also produced and directed the PBS series Girls in America, and co-produced and co-directed Wildwood, New Jersey, a documentary about… Show more working-class women and girls. Carol has worked in news and documentary for Cable News Network and Turner Broadcasting System, producing award-winning work on the war in Bosnia, the Somalia famine, the end of the Cold War, and the Gulf War. Show less
At nine and ten, they are skipping, grinning little girls — rough and ready. By 15, they are sullen, submissive, quiet; convinced they're awkward, ugly, and fat. What happens to our girls? Run Like a Girl explores how teenage athletes try to find a balance between strength and femininity within a society where girls are expected to be docile, delicate, and compliant.