Studies have shown that girls will embrace more traditionally “boy” activities when presented with images that show other girls engaging in them. That’s part of what Shred Girls is all about: showing girls that it’s not just boys who can do cool tricks and get rad on bikes. Studies have also shown that girls are dropping out of sport in the middle grades for a variety of reasons, ranging from period issues and puberty to social stigma to being busy with school. That’s leading to lowered self-esteem and even issues like obesity being on the rise in youth, along with a whole host of health problems that can stem of inactivity. We obviously want to change that statistic. And the Shred Girls are here to show girls that staying in sport can be super fun!
A few early readers’ parents shared their thoughts:
My niece just read your book. This is what she sent me-Thanks for the book 📚 Shred Girls 😻. I’m finished!!!!😺 The book 📚 was great 👍🏻! But do you want it back?!😐🐈. Do you like Sherd Girls?🐱Because I’m fine giving it back.👀I mean it ,I’m fine !💋But I still love ❤ the book 📚, of course.
I hope you are doing well- I just wanted to let you know shred girls made my nieces xmas list. She can not wait to read the next one. She got over her fear and now can ride a bike too!
Now Riley is a good reader but not an obsessive reader. We make her read at least 30 mins every night. She’s read Harry Potter etc but rarely reads for more than an hour at a time. Well she started Shred Girls tonight and hasn’t put it down. She’s on chapter 14 and just looked up and said “I sure hope she writes a second book”. So you get a second Thank You from me and if you don’t have a second book coming you better get busy.
And a few early readers weigh in…
Lindsay’s Joyride was very inspiring and definitely a fun read. It made me want to go back to Joyride 150 (which is one of my favourite places), hop on my bike, and try something new. I think all girls should read it, rider or not, because it really shows that riding is all about fun. You don’t have to be super good or competitive. All you need is the willingness to have fun and try something new. Molly’s book portrays that message clearly and in an interesting way. I love riding my bike and I loved reading Lindsay’s Joyride. -Jett (age 12)
Shred Girls have been seen in:
- Pretty.Damned.Fast: http://www.prettydamnedfast.com/blog/2017/5/26/shred-girls
- Mountain Life Media, Fall 2017
- Bicycling Magazine, August 2017
- Canadian Cycling, July 2017
Some more info on girls in sport:
I put together some resources on women and girls in sport, if you’re interested in finding out more.
Studies have shown women prefer cycling in controlled environments, so why not a bike park?
We surveyed more than 16,000 individuals and weighted that sample to represent the U.S. population. We found that 104 million people?a third of the population?rode a bicycle last year and of those, 45 million (43%) were women compared to 59 million men (57%). Our findings revealed less of a gender gap than the 2009 National Household Travel Survey which (using a different methodology) found that just 24% of bicycle trips were made by women.
Last year, 57% of American youth ages 3-17 rode a bicycle. This infographic, based on our U.S. Bicycling Participation Study, shares some of the most interesting and relevant findings about the current state of youth and bicycling.
Our study also broke down bicycling participation by age, and there is some fascinating data where these two categories overlap. We found that the gap between men and women riding continues to widen as they grow older. From ages 3-9, boys and girls ride at same rate, but starting at age 10, there’s a significant drop off for girls. That gap continues to grow, and is at its widest among men and women ages 55 and older.
Via Women in Sport Foundation:
In sport in general, there’s a definite need to retain girls in sport: One major reason cited? Social stigma. Despite recent progress, discrimination based on the real or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity of female athletes persists. Girls in sports may experience bullying, social isolation, negative performance evaluations, or the loss of their starting position. During socially fragile adolescence, the fear of being tagged “gay” is strong enough to push many girls out of the game. (Full article)
US Cycling Stats:
Cycling, also known as biking, is a popular leisure activity and, in many cases, a means of transportation. In 2016, around 12.4 percent of Americans cycled on a regular basis. The number of cyclists/bike riders in the U.S. saw a considerable increase between 2012 and 2014, and has remained fairly stable since then. In 2016, there were 66.5 million cyclists and bike riders in the U.S. While the number of cyclists in the U.S. has decreased amongst cyclists aged between six and 17 since 2013, the trend among young adults – people aged between 18 to 24 years – is slightly different. The number of young adults who participated in bicycling increased from 2008 to 2013, when it reached the highest figure of the last decade – nearly 5.7 million. The number of young cyclists in the U.S. showed a declining trend after reaching this peak in 2014. (Full article)
By the age of 14, girls are dropping out of sports at twice the rate of boys, according to the Women’s Sports Foundation.
And by age 17, after most girls have gone through puberty, more than half of girls — 51% — will have quit sports, according to a survey sponsored by Always, a maker of sanitary pads.
How to teach girls to be confident #LikeAGirl
Seven out of the 10 girls who quit sports during puberty said they didn’t feel like they belonged in sports, according to the survey of more than 1,000 girls ages 16 to 24. Nearly the same number (67%) said they felt that society doesn’t encourage girls to play sports.
Hoping to change those numbers and keep more girls in the game, Always has come out with the latest installment in its viral #LikeAGirl campaign (the first #LikeAGirl video has been viewed nearly 100 million times around the world.)
Nearly seven out of 10 girls in the Always survey said there are not enough female role models in sports today. “Why would you think that a girl would feel like she belongs in sports if she doesn’t see girls in sports in the same amount and degree as the boys do?” asked Welter, who is also working with the #LikeAGirl campaign. (Full article)
Via The Huffington Post:
The Women’s Sports Foundation’s report “Her Life Depends On It III“ reviewed data from over 1,500 studies that demonstrate the importance of sport and physical activity for women and young girls. According to the report, staying active and participating in physical activity can prevent chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease, lower rates of substance abuse, reduce risky behaviors, and decrease rates of teenage pregnancies. Furthermore, girls will have better mental health, higher self-image and confidence levels, improved teamwork and communication skills, increased graduation rates, and leadership skills that can lead to achievement opportunities in school and at work.
EY Women Athletics Business Network and espnW conducted a survey making the connection between women, sports and leadership. Out of 400 respondents, 74% said a background in sports can help accelerate a woman’s career; 66% believe that athletes make excellent candidates for jobs because they’ve developed a strong work ethic, can be a team player, and have the determination to be a great employee; and 75% stated that competitiveness is an asset to their leadership style in the workplace. (Full article)