Young girl writes letter to the Editor of her local paper after noticing something very sexist in Sunday’s news.

Ten year old, Holly, from Tasmania pointed out to her local paper, The Examiner, that she participated in a grade 3-4 basketball tournament over the weekend. Yet the paper had only included photo’s of boys. WHY?

Holly wrote,

Dear Examiner,
My name is Holly, I am 10 years old.
I played basketball on the weekend at Elphin for the 3-4 tournament.

I am wondering why you have only got photo’s of boys and not girls?

I don’t care if they aren’t photo’s of me and my team but why all boys?

Holly added, Girls have the exact rights as boys, so why isn’t there not one picture of a girl out of 34 photo’s!

It wasn’t just a boy tournament, girls played too, they should get congratulated as well.

Could you please make sure you include girls in photo’s as well in the future.


From Holly

holly letter to editor

Her letter has received over 1000 reactions on Facebook.

The paper replied to Holly saying: “We weren’t notified about the event by Basketball Tasmania. We found out late on Friday from a parent.

We did our best to cover the event with limited notice.

Only the boys teams were playing when our photographer was at the tournament on Saturday. We tried to go back on Sunday, but we were unable to attend due to staffing restrictions.” adding “we do our best to cover as much as we can.”

Holly’s mum, Tania, told Mouths of Mums she is very proud of her opinionated 10 year old daughter for having her say. Adding “Go girl power!”

Tania was also excited to add that Holly’s team won their Division 1 grand final and will be heading to the state tournament in December. Congratulations girls!

Do you think the response from the newspaper is good enough? I think they failed to acknowledge it was a 10 year old voicing her opinion. 

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  • Good on her.


  • It sounds as though the paper have given a genuine response and not purposefully omitted girls, but rather it came down to time constraints and late arrival.


  • Think their response is fair enough, but good how Holly stood up. I’m sure they will keep this issue in the loop in the future.


  • I don’t think the paper gave a good enough explanation. Good for this little girl sticking up for her team


  • Good on her for standing up for girl power!


  • Well, it was an honest answer, but not really a good excuse.


  • Kids like this make me feel so much better about the future. Good on her! Hopefully the newspaper will make a few changes instead of just making excuses.


  • No the response from the newspaper is not good enough. This young girl has bravely stood up and voiced her opinion, which I would of done too in that situation. Where is the apology? Why didn’t the newspaper offer to do another photo shoot of the girls?


  • Good on Holly to write the letter. In the future they will surely try to do a better coverage.
    But yes, if they arrived when the girls’ matches were already over… difficult to make girls’ pictures for the newspaper.


  • absolutely agree, and in our paper, something other than afl would be great as well


  • I agree with Holly, but I also think there are so many sporting events on weekends, it must be difficult for newspapers to find the staff to cover all or most of the events. Well done to Holly and her team.


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