Seeing is believing

What happens when three young girls meet the women doing their dream jobs? In this video, we see the importance of positive female role models.

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Annika: I'm nine years old. I think it's the greatest year to be alive.

Director: So, Sierra, can you tell me what you want to be when you grow up?

Sierra: I want to be an author. Because it's a chance I get to use my imagination.

Annika: I want to be a marine biologist when I grow up. My two favourite animals is a turtle and a jellyfish.

Brianna: I'd like to be a helicopter doctor because I've always wanted to be a doctor and I really love helicopters.

Director: So, can you name some authors for me?

Sierra: David Walliams, Roald Dahl and um ...

Annika: I look up to Charles Darwin and Jacques Cousteau.

Director: Do you think there's more men or women who do that job?

Brianna: I don't think it's a job that women would be interested in.

Director: Why?

Brianna: Because I think women would be more into being a nurse.

(We tell children that they can do anything …)

Annika: There's more boys than girls that do it. Maybe girls aren't just interested in more of that stuff.

(… but how can we expect them to believe …)

Sierra: Girls – they like fairies and mermaids and stuff like that, but they're not really real.

(… what they can’t see?)

Director: We've got someone coming to meet you now.

Helicopter doctor: Hi, I'm Claire.

Brianna: Hi, Claire.

Helicopter doctor: I'm one of the helicopter doctors. Nice to meet you.

Brianna: Nice to meet you, too.

Helicopter doctor: How are you going?

Brianna: Good. I'm really excited!

Biologist: My name is Sam. I work here at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and I'm a marine biologist here.

Author: My name is Jacqueline Harvey. Do you know what I do for a job? What do I do?

Sierra: Write.

Author: I write books. Do you like reading? (Sierra nods.)

Helicopter doctor: Do you want to get in?

Brianna: Yes!

Helicopter doctor: Up you hop! Where you're sitting is exactly where I sit when we fly.

Brianna: Really?

Helicopter doctor: Yep! Exactly where I sit.

Biologist: I'm in charge of this team and I look after absolutely everything in here. So, we have two dugongs and we have a whole bunch of sharks and rays which are ...

Sierra: I wrote a book called The Old Woman Who Lived In A Tree.

Author: Oh! So why don't you read me the first page?

Sierra: Once upon a time, there was an old lady who lived in a tree. One day, the old lady went for a walk.

Helicopter doctor: So you can be an anaesthetic doctor, or you can be an intensive care doctor or an emergency doctor. There are so many different options.

Brianna: Cool!

Helicopter doctor: Yeah.

Sierra: There's not really a difference about 'boy' and 'girl' writing. So they can both become an author.

Annika: I was like 'Oh my gosh! I've only researched about the boy marine biologists. Now I've finally met a girl one!' Like ... just a dream!

Director: Is there anything a boy can do that a girl can't do?

Brianna: No. If you want to do something, you do it.

Helicopter doctor: Good look. Suits you.

Brianna: Thank you.

Annika: When I'm older, those little girls will have someone to look up to because that's going to be me.

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Submitted by meknini on Mon, 18/07/2022 - 17:32

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Children irregardless of their gender need aspiring figures to look up to to spur them to attain their ambitions. Girls who are highly exposed to beauty and entertainment industry are most likely opt for careers in fields related to this whereby those who are raised in business minded community are bound to feel more at ease in entrepreneurship. Thus, how do we inspire girls to be more ambitious? One of the ways could be by personal interaction like in the video. Next, they could also watch documentaries about female figures succeeding in different fields. Then reading biography or autobiography also could open up their minds to possibilities.

Submitted by Murrette on Fri, 20/05/2022 - 12:08

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I think this is an inspirational and motivational video, as it shows how can young girls think, see and after all, try to make their dreams come true.
Nice one...

Submitted by rc22 on Mon, 25/04/2022 - 00:07

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It's a very interesting and uplifting video for girls! Seeing is believing!!!

Giving girls a chance to apply their abilities would be the best idea. let them know what they can do and build their confidence. As for me, Mother Teresa is the role model. She did the things that no one could do . she left everything and she lived for people. Her love is for everyone, especially for the one who starve for love. she treated the leprosy and homeless. she gave the way for them. she gave love and peace even for a hopeless person who waited for his last breath.

Submitted by jyoti Chaudhary on Sat, 23/04/2022 - 13:02

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How can we help young girls to feel ambitious? Can you describe a woman who is a good role model for girls?
every person has their own ambitions generally parents always support to full feel over child's ambition and the teacher who train child according to her own future goals. Annika explains everything good for girls.

Submitted by Minhhanhtran on Fri, 22/04/2022 - 16:12

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I think that it isn't different between boy and girl in the progression. Girl can do whatever boy does especially in the mental works. Many girls are very intelligent and skilful even more than boys. Some girls take on a lot of important positions in Companies and even in Government.
The video is very interesting and useful for the parents who have the daughter because they will orient and guide for their daughter as they were a child

Submitted by rafaelnascimentote on Mon, 21/03/2022 - 01:52

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We can show other powerful and ambitious girls as a good example to younger ones. I can mention Anitta as a good example of an ambitious girl in Brazil. She is a singer and started singing funk music a few years ago in some music club. She made presentations in different events and became very popular and known here. Now she is known in a lot of countries, she sings in different language and she had made featuring with so many great artists. She is, for sure, a great role model for young girls

Submitted by Edsa on Sat, 12/03/2022 - 17:15

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The most important thing is the iguality, because is the more hole between boys and girls in a society.
Astronaut girls are the perfect example, that´s why, this profesion is only for boys.

Submitted by zubeir on Sun, 20/02/2022 - 14:33

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I think one of the best way if making girls feel ambitious is to let them be exposed to the successful women in different fields and career, in addition to talking positively about those successful women like Mother Teresa, whom I admire, in the presence of the girls.

Submitted by Miguelitorico1996 on Mon, 31/01/2022 - 20:44

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We could start with stopping criticizing women who do jobs that men normally do, because I realize that a lot of women do jobs that they don't really like, so breaking this paradigm would be great for girls. I look up Mother Teresa because she was a great person, she helped many poor people in India and won the Nobel Peace Prize for her volunteer work.

Submitted by Nina.Matarazzo on Tue, 12/05/2020 - 02:34

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We can do many things to make young girls to feel ambitious. At first, as a woman, I considere working hard and being independent as a good way to help them. Also, we can motivate kids to do whatever they want, telling them that they're invencible and they don't have to pay attention to people comments which don't valorate their efford or make them feel insecure. Finally, I think that definitely seeing is believing in those situations. We must demostrate children that they can do everything, with our actions; if they see us being hard working people, they're gonna do the same thing. So, let's move on, and show them they can do it too!
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Submitted by dinhhang on Wed, 06/05/2020 - 08:14

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i think that three girls are so lucky because they can meet the people who they really want to be. they can see the reality and if they want their dream become true, they have motivation to prepare for their future.

Submitted by pizzy78 on Tue, 28/05/2019 - 20:55

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Every girl can afford the same results as a man, in every field and work environment. It is essential to teach it to the new generations, not only through the words but through our daily actions.

Submitted by Gus2019 on Sat, 09/03/2019 - 00:43

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In this world we have a good role models to follow around the world. I like the video because the third girls despite don't grow up as a adult, they know exactly what to do for their lives. As society we should incentivate to childs from first yeasr of learning and find out their habilities,passion for to do what they like.

Submitted by meriem kendouci on Sat, 16/02/2019 - 13:41

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nowadays women can compete with men in various fields, many jobs are no longer exclusive to men only. but in my personal opinion I see that some professions are not suitable for women because they affect heir femininity

Submitted by Nunu28 on Tue, 15/01/2019 - 17:28

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Ambitious can be described as a high desire to attain. It can be a thing or to do something or to be in a certain condition. I think there are many ways to make young girls feel ambitious, such as make them see increadible thing, make them meet someone famous, and tell them what possibility they can achieve when they are in certain condition. Good role for a models, especially for woman should be someone who is well educated, show a good respect to other and society, and has a passion for doing the right thing.
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Submitted by Shawn on Fri, 07/12/2018 - 20:42

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This material is really useful to learning English.
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Submitted by alita on Sun, 18/11/2018 - 22:27

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Inspiring article and video for girl. I have a little girl. I hope I can guide her and show her this video. Thanks BC, we're not only learning English here. KUDOS from Bali

Submitted by Alextall on Sun, 18/11/2018 - 08:36

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I think sometimes there isn't difference between men and women in profession. The most important thing is thing you more interested in.

Submitted by Alvaro A on Wed, 14/11/2018 - 14:00

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You could repeat this programme's example and show the women daily heroes like doctors, firefighters, scientists, teachers, politicians, police officers, drivers, chefs, roboticists, electrical engineers, electricians, plumbers etc. Therefore, Marie Curie is probably the famous woman that I remember now, but I can't believe that the girl don't know J. K. Rowling and Harry Potter.