“Why does she have to choose”: Mom’s photos show girls they can love sports — and be girly

From CBS News authored by Danielle Gerrard:

“Little girls are told they’re made of sugar and spice and everything nice. At least, according to the popular nursery rhyme. But, one Alabama mother is showing they can be whatever they want to be— by capturing stunning photos of girls as both princesses and athletes.

Photographer Heather Mitchell told CBS News she was at her 8-year-old daughter Paislee’s softball practice in late March and making casual conversation with another mom. Mitchell said to the mother she hoped “Paislee learned to love the game, because she’s athletic.”

The other mother’s reaction took her by surprise. Mitchell said she told her that Paislee is “not athletic, she’s a girly girl.” Later that night Mitchell couldn’t sleep, bothered by the comment.

“I was thinking why does she have to choose between being girly and athletic,” said the photographer. ‘Why can’t she just be both without the judgement of it?'”

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