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Young Voices of SEE US: Grace Nesdahl

Updated: Feb 8, 2021

Grace Nesdahl is an eighth grader from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She plays volleyball and goes to Patrick Henry Middle School. Nesdahl has been a big supporter of the SEE US Movement and even did a school project discussing gender discrimination in sports!

How did you hear about SEE US?

I found out about SEE US through Instagram. It came up as a recommendation for me, and I followed as soon as I read the bio!

Why did you choose "Gender Discrimination in Sports" for your school project?

In my gifted ed class, we did an advocacy project and I chose Gender Discrimination in Sports. I chose this because it’s one of the things I feel very strongly about and I thought it was important to let people know about the issue. I learned so much from doing this project.

I learned about stereotyping and how female athletics have much less coverage, which means less pay for them. Also, I found out that women feel that they’re treated unfairly and they feel like they aren’t as valued in the sports workplace.

Have you ever been judged on appearance rather than ability?

I think I’ve been judged on my appearance in gym class. If the class was told to play a game of soccer, the boys wouldn’t pass it to me or any other girl. We “weren’t athletic or strong enough,” or “we didn't know what we were doing.”

Who do you look up to in the sports' world and why?

I’ve always looked up to Kerri Walsh Jennings. How she plays, acts, and what she says always motivates me. I also look up to Courtney Place because she is just an incredible woman. She cares about everyone, and she has accomplished so much. I look up to Jen Welter because she was the first female NFL coach, which takes a lot of courage and inspires so many people.

What does the phrase "SEE US" mean to you?

To me, the phrase “SEE US” means equality. It means to see us as equals and recognize that we’re capable of so much more than everyone thinks. SEE US means to see what’s going on and try to help.

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