About Girls Can’t WHAT?

Girls Can't WHAT? was born shortly after Gretchen Cawthon was told by a former business partner that women can't do web design. Realizing the need for empowering gifts for girls, she quit her marketing job and built girlscantwhat.com from the ground up.

Today, Girls Can't WHAT? is a thriving business offering a huge variety of "girl power" gifts for girls of all ages. To pay it forward, Girls Can't WHAT? donates 20% of its profits to help other women reach their dreams.


But women can't do web design...

Yeah, right. This site was built from scratch and Gretchen did 100% of the work including the coding and graphic design. It has received a lot of attention and she get frequent requests from others to help improve their sites. The web-development knowledge and experience gained in building this site blossomed into a full-time career and her web design company is typically booked up months in advance.

Gretchen's Photo

From the artist

My name is Gretchen and I am not your traditional girl. You won’t find me in a dress picking flowers and talking about cute shoes. I am most likely out doing something that someone said couldn’t be done.

Growing up in a neighborhood of all boys (except for my little sister), I learned to throw a football and race BMX bikes with the best of them. I played Little League baseball every summer and in the 6th grade I was one of two girls to make the boys basketball team. During high school I was in a car accident and the doctors said I would never walk again. I proved them wrong. My first year of college was also a challenging experience as the only female percussion major in a field dominated by guys. I know what it's like to be told I can't do something because I'm a girl.

My childhood experiences prompted me to create the Girls Can't WHAT? website in 2005. It is here I share my personal experiences along with amazing stories and interviews from some truly inspirational women. Together, our purpose is to encourage women to pursue their dreams no matter what roadblocks they may encounter.

When not creating new material and products for Girls Can't WHAT? I can be found working on freelance graphic and web design, playing drums, or spending time with my husband, Doug; our two daughters, Katelynn and Kirstynn; and our Boston Terrier, Lola. I am also a LEGO addict and eventually my entire office will be made out of little plastic bricks.

If you're looking for press photos or media information about Girls Can't WHAT?, please visit the press kit page or contact me to schedule an interview.


  1. Jodi on February 14, 2006 at 11:23 am

    I like your site…very great concept and one that is much needed in the world today. Anyway, I just had to write and say hi…it’s not every day you come across someone with similar life paths. (At least not for me!)

  2. Viv Ilo on February 20, 2006 at 4:53 pm

    Hey Gretchen! Nice to hear what you are up to! I just rejoined GtD_Palm recently (well took it off no email) and am mostly lurking. Your new website looks great! I am forwarding it to my nieces. What a great idea!!

  3. duma garau on August 17, 2006 at 4:06 am

    hi! this is Duma, a mexican girl married with an italian guy. I am actually living in Italy. I was looking for more information about community builder and I read one of your comments on http://www.joomlapolis.com. Then I saw your profile and found your website…I made the registration and I’m writting it for your just to say: “congratulations”I have read the “about” section and you are totally right… you know me a little just as you said! I found your web site just an amazing experience! have a GGRREEEat day!

  4. Steve Nguyen on August 26, 2006 at 9:56 pm

    Gretchen: I want to say Thank You for creating something that empowers young girls. As a mental health counselor (and currently a Behavior Specialist), an avid volleyball player, and a “guy” I sometimes see and hear people (including women) say that this or that girl can’t do this or that because they are girls! I also did a small blog on my website, http://www.stevenguyenonline.com.

  5. Tammy Emam on October 19, 2006 at 11:18 am

    Gretchen, I “know” you from the pdbk user group. Just visited your excellent web site, I am going to send the link to a couple friends who have daughters – what a wonderful idea – nice work!


  6. JoeJoomla on December 19, 2006 at 2:54 pm

    Dear Gretchen,

    I am a big fan of yours. Your site looks awesome. I think it is great what you do for girls everywhere. May your site and vision prosper!


  7. Belfast Dave on December 20, 2006 at 4:05 pm

    Great site and a super inspiration!

  8. Frances Scott on September 9, 2006 at 12:46 pm

    Hey Gretchen! I just felt compelled to let you know how much I’m lovin your site! I was working tonight, and looking through the Joomla forums when I came across a link to your site. What an awesome idea for a website… very inspirational. I will definitely be back very soon :-) but for now… it’s back to work LOL!

  9. Roni on June 21, 2006 at 11:57 am

    I’m putting in a request for a math or science “girls can’t what?” I love your logos!!!!!!!!!

  10. Christine Kane on June 20, 2006 at 5:05 am

    I went to your site first just because of the name…
    I loved your blogs too!

    thanks so much! I’ll stay in touch. (I already bookmarked your site…)

    • Rachel Kling on October 10, 2016 at 9:26 am

      Hi Christine Kane,
      My name is Rachel Kling and I am a junior at McDaniel College. I am taking a sociology class that requires us to chose an issue in the world and I chose body shaming on girls and women. I have a couple questions if you wouldn’t mind answering that talk about socialization. They are:
      Their socialization (from childhood to adult)
      • How they view themselves?
      • How did their surroundings influence them?
      • Why did they desire to do what they are doing?
      • How were they able to achieve their goals?
      • What does it mean to them to achieve their dream?
      • What advice would they give you?


  11. Anita on May 20, 2006 at 2:31 pm

    Hi Gretchen. I found your site from the link you provided for something on the datebk6 list. What great content you have!! Nice layout too–very easy to get around and to see what is here. I just finished reading the Amy Grant article and looking at some humor and T-shirts as well as browsing Home. I’ll be back.

    • Ohemaaba on September 14, 2020 at 2:45 pm

      The best website I have ever been to

  12. Jacques on March 30, 2006 at 6:00 pm

    I clicked on girlscantwhat just to get a glimpse : i’ve spent one hour, collected a lot of thoughts (even translated/rewrote some in french) : one of my best enlighting web moments for long ! “Un enchantement”.

    BTW : the site is very well thought, I apreciate the work behind :)

    from Paris
    (sorry : a man)

  13. Freya on March 18, 2006 at 7:47 pm

    I was wondering what age group you ment this website to be in. I’m 12 and I love it!!
    Thanks for what you do,

  14. gretchen on March 19, 2006 at 1:47 pm

    Freya – this site is for girls of all ages! Glad you liked it!

  15. Richard Brown on March 3, 2006 at 8:23 am

    The site is looking excellent. I really like it and I am glad folks are joining. I will be passing details of the site to our youth for them to take a look.

    Many thanks.


  16. vetgirl on March 1, 2006 at 6:28 am

    Ok. You’re cooler than I thought – you made sciencedaily.com!

    e :)

  17. Amy Stephen on January 16, 2007 at 9:51 am

    This is fabulous and beautiful. Your artisitic abilities are really taking off!

  18. Biker Betty on January 30, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    This is a great website. I’m enjoying your posts. Keep up the good work.

  19. Becky on January 30, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    Rock on:)


  20. Kel1 on February 1, 2007 at 12:10 am

    I am your number one fan! :D Can I have your autograph?

  21. gretchen on February 1, 2007 at 7:23 am

    My autograph? Are you kidding? I am such a geek that I don’t even remember how to handwrite anything! How about an electronic one…

    ~*~ G R E T C H E N ~*~ :D

  22. katelynn on February 1, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    yo yo! you r my favorite mom with the coolest web n the world!
    – a.k.a. your daughter

  23. Lisa on February 1, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    Is there any way you can make a shirt with a girl playing the saxophone? That would be awesome!

  24. gretchen on February 1, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    Lisa – it’s on my list! I’ll try to work on that one next week. I played trombone in High School Band (first chair, too) so I will do a trombone player, too.

  25. Jeremy on February 15, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    great great great idea !!!!! girls cant what? wow awsome awsome…. theres alota money to be made with that idea alone … keep it up ;o)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Eileen on April 10, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    Hi Gretchen!

    Your site is hopping! Great to see other girls venturing into new territories!

    As for me, well, when I started climbing, my two girlfriends and I would get stares of near disbelief when we arrived at a crag and started climbing on our own.

    Now I’d say I meet another girl climber nearly every trip out to local crags and every single time on longer trips. We’ve all come a long way baby!

    ~ Eileen

  27. gretchen on April 10, 2007 at 9:25 pm

    Eileen – great site! I will have to write more about it soon. Rock climbing is definitely on my list of designs for this year. Thanks for stopping by. I will have the forums up in a day or two, so feel free to start a thread on rock climbing. ;)

  28. Katelyn on April 17, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    Hi Gretchen!
    This is a great site! Thank you for it. I love your band too! This is inspirational. I had a band for a while too…but now playing solo myspace.com/maiermusic

  29. Ronella Murphy - Gaugh on April 22, 2007 at 10:46 pm

    Love the website! You should come up with a design about women owning a business! As a self-employeed woman I get that comment all the time that I can’t be a “stay-at-home mom” that has a business too! Why that would outrageous. To them I say “All things are possible if you have Jesus on your side.”

  30. dee on May 24, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    Liking the website. I found it through CafePress when I was looking for Geek Girl stickers to put on my new laptop. Keep fighting the good fight, letting everyone know that there’s nothing we can’t do! :)

  31. gretchen on May 24, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    Thanks Dee – come back and visit any time! :)

  32. Talia Mana on August 27, 2007 at 1:34 am

    Great website, interesting posts, and I love the blog design too.

    Visiting from blogging chicks !

  33. cherry088 on November 29, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    I love this site. I have friends who think that I’m weird cause I love to mud ride, but that’s who I am and who I’ll be. I’m just saying to everyone out there this site is awesome. And to all the girls out there don’t let anyone tell who you can’t be, put your mind too it.:)>-

  34. MileyCyrusFan2008 on January 8, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    what the heck is blogging chicks :-?

  35. thinkpink on January 18, 2008 at 11:00 am

    I am the mother of 2 girls. They are very independent and I do believe that they can do anything but, they still LOVE PINK! I have been searching this site high and low and I just don’t find enough PINK. My girls adore anything in pink. I would have loved to order some things from your site for them but there is not enough pink. One more suggestion. You have 2 choices of color either light or dark. My girls are not really either extreme. I know you can not cover the entire color spectrum but something in between would be nice.

  36. Stormy on February 19, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    I came across your site by accident and I love it! I am the owner of a women’s professional football team in Modesto, CA and most of the women that play for me have stories like yours.

    This is one of the best sites I’ve found in a while! Keep up the good work!

  37. greencatcher98 on February 20, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    dear gretchan
    trust i love sports i have been playing them since i was born. my dads a football coach and i love it i have a brother and a AWESOME mom and dad and family. i just came to this site its awesome though already. i have moved to a new school and i have alot of sports there and let me tell ya there fun and we are good my dads the coach though bye

  38. greencatcher98 on February 20, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    ps please right back to e love abby

  39. greencatcher98 on February 20, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    dear gretchan,
    do you no how boys say like girls are bad at this girls are bad at that well i have been picked on like that and i dont like it and im am not trying to be rude or anything but im pretty good at all of the sports i play basketball softball and other sports and some boys say you stink at basketball and we could be your team but that makes me feel bad becaause i am working my hardest at every sport :) :) :)

  40. greencatcher98 on February 20, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    please right back i love your website it is so so cool i love it:x:x:x:x:x:x:x:x:x

  41. gretchen on February 21, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    Thanks for the compliments. Sounds like you’re a busy girl. If you want to chat more, check out the girl talk forums. )

  42. mary katherine on March 27, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Stumbled upon your site when looking for a quote by Annie Oakley. I am working on a new collage about women that includes Annie Oakley, Marilyn Monroe and a Pakistani women wearing a niqad (covering with only a slit for the eyes). When I was in high school in the early 70’s my aunt that is 12 years older than me gave me a book called Girls Are Equal Too. I still have that book. It never occured to me that I could not do anything I wanted to. I teach art in high school and I love my strong wonderful young women that have so much life ahead of them. They make me proud to be a girl.

  43. gretchen on March 27, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Thanks Mary – I’d love to see a photo of that collage when it’s ready! :)

  44. Katrina on March 29, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Hi Gretchen,
    The short half of my story is I had two teachers in middle school who said I would be one of “those kids” who did nothing. Mr S said I would never reach college prep math b/c it wasn’t a girl thing. Mrs O said I’d never write “anything worthwhile.” I’m in college now and I still hear those claims. Granted, I’m genetically not gifted at math, but I made it to college-level precalc as a freshman. My fiction was published in the high school magazine and now I have a wonderful mentor helping me find an editor for a manuscript I wrote. They tried to have me doubt myself for their own shortcomings, but I see through them now. Your site is the whipped cream on mint chocolate chip ice cream!

  45. Staci on March 29, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Love “Girls Can’t What?” My husband is a firefighter and our 3 daughters seem to be following in his foot steps so far. So needless to say, we will be shopping on this sight for next Christmas.

  46. gretchen on March 29, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Thanks Katrina and Staci! I appreciate the encouragement. :D

  47. punkrokcerprincess on April 19, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    Wow! I never knew the owner was a tomboy!I am so happy!I thought this site was meant for posting girly things,but I was wrong.You are awesome!:d

  48. Jenn on May 14, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Thanks so much for this website! i stumbled across it when looking up Korey Cooper (a girl who really has done awesome things and is so inspiring.) i can relate to all the girls who have been told they can’t do stuff cause they’re girls. i’m almost 17 and have played guitar for more than 3 years, and all along the way, there have been ppl who try to bring me down, and there are ppl who have stood by me and my dreams. i believe girls can do anything they put their minds to!!!!

  49. gretchen on May 15, 2008 at 9:58 am

    Thanks for stopping by Jenn! I was just listening to Skillet this morning on my way to the gym. Korey and Lori are both amazing!

  50. Sleepy on June 15, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    this is the coolest thing ever. I love to play football with my neighbor but he never lets me play with all the boys at school. he always picks me first and he said i could join a boy football team but all guy football teams are the same they don’t let any girls play!! I felt bad but i found this web site and i am loving it i have had more encouragement from this then from my neighbor!!

    Thanks a ton g2g bye

  51. Sleepy on June 15, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Thank you so much Gretchen you have helped me so much with encouragment!!!!

  52. sleepy101 on June 16, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Hi everyone peace out and save the trees and recycle!! DON’T FORGET IT!!!!!!!!:d/:)>-=))@-)

  53. sleepy101 on June 16, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Hey Gretchen!! Thanks for all you do. i love the site but i don’t see enough tackle football equipment! I would LOVE it if you would add that!!
    OR rugby!! Oh and questions: Is the equipment free? ANd do you have a store? if you don’t get one in the Universtiy Mall in Utah!! BECUASE UTAH ROCKS!! Peace out!!

  54. Sleepy on June 18, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    does anyone ever do anything i mean no one adds things on if you just need a topic do sports or boys or pets

  55. gretchen on June 18, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Sleepy – check out the forums…you can start a topic or join in on any of the conversations…


  56. bobrox on June 21, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    :x i think this site is very interesting and is there a way to have conversations with people? can you have friends on this site where it will show your friends that you have?

  57. gretchen on June 21, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Thanks! Yes – I am working on some community features that will make this site more like facebook or myspace. I expect to have them ready in the next month or so. For now, feel free to socialize in the Girl Talk forums. :D

  58. bobrox on June 23, 2008 at 10:42 am

    your welcome but how about you make it so that we can have a profile like myspace or so that way we can have like a backround and have pictures and have comments about our profile

  59. gretchen on June 23, 2008 at 10:44 am

    I’m hoping to have that functionality available in a few weeks. ;)

  60. bobrox on June 23, 2008 at 10:48 am

    thats great it will be so cool to have something like that on here plus i really like this website it is sooooo interesting and i am hoping my dad will get me the t – shirts for my b-day:d/

  61. Sleepy on June 27, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    ok hey has any girls been on a guy football team?
    If so how did you do it and did they let you play and stuff like that:)
    >”> kerby

  62. bobrox on June 30, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    yrah but they didnt get to play because the choach was being a fat dick so he banned them from playing in the games they only got to practice

  63. Sleepy on July 2, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    that is so stupid girls should be able to play in the games!!!!!!!!

  64. bobrox on July 2, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    i know but the stupid coah is like sexist or whatever i think we need a new coach:-\”

  65. gretchen on July 3, 2008 at 7:25 am

    Hey – would you mind taking your conversation over to the forums. It doesn’t really apply to this post. Thanks. :)

  66. bobrox on July 4, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    yeah ok sure

  67. Stacey on July 31, 2008 at 3:41 am

    Hey i’m doind a school project on how the media effects teenage girls and i’ve chosen to do self confidence and feeling you can ‘do it’. I was wondering if you had any really good examples of media which make girls feel second best to guys and think they can’t do it.

  68. gretchen on July 31, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Stacey – try posting a message in the forums and see what kind of response you get. When I return from vacation, maybe I can generate a post to get some feedback. :)

  69. jessie09 on September 20, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Does the rules change for me just because im a girl wanting to be on the boys wrestling team this winter????

  70. gretchen on September 22, 2008 at 7:44 am

    I don’t think the rules should change when a girl joins the team. That would defeat the purpose. If a girl plays, it should be under the same rules and guidelines as her male teammates.

  71. bobrox on September 24, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    hey!!!!!! you should make the profiles like the myspoace profiles

  72. gretchen on September 25, 2008 at 8:23 am

    That functionality is forthcoming. I do intend to add social networking options very soon. I have been working on it, but it’s not quite ready yet. ;)

  73. Mia Hernandez on February 17, 2009 at 11:59 am

    I love what you are doing. Are you located in the NY area? Keep up the good work. Please e-mail me.

  74. gretchen on February 17, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Mia – I’m not in New York, but I visited there last summer. :) I live in Illinois.

  75. erica on March 1, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    hey, i love ur website! i liked reading the expirences that girls have gone through and see how they succeed! Your story was really cool because it reminds me of mine. I have two brothers. I rode quadrunners with my dad and brothers, played softball, rode horses and stuff like that. I love football and have spent the past 3 years as manager of the varsity team at my high school! I like being the only girl and proving that i can do stuff that only guys are supposed to be capable of. These past few weeks i even tried out for the track and field team. Everyone told me i wasn’t strong enough and that disus and shot put were for guys. I tried out anyway and made the team last friday! It was the best feeling in the world. I just wanted to let you know how much i appreciate you making this site! it is such an ispiration to young girls and women everywhere! Thanks!!!!:)

  76. gretchen on March 1, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Thanks Erica – it’s stories like yours that make this site rock! Thanks for sharing. :)

  77. Chunga on March 31, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Your site is awesome..>I have one question… How do I upload a picture on here?:d

  78. Tracey on June 29, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Excellent site.

  79. kc on August 23, 2009 at 1:33 am

    I am the only girl percussionist in my highschool, i fly planes, and I want to be a cop. So I really enjoy this website. Thanks alot, you inspire me. :]

  80. Bianca on October 29, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Congratulations! I’m very happy about this site and I’ll notice my friends too :)

  81. moncia on October 29, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    hey congrats lolz i have a lil similar story except i play on the boys football team and i do right now… i play on defensive line right now but will prob be a reciever next year… wanna be the 1 in the NFL but congrats on ur success lolz

  82. Pat on November 25, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    There is, at least, one thing girls can’t (or shouldn’t) do… Girls can’t use the Men’s Room. Other than that, gender doesn’t matter! I’ve often thought US women should be required to sign up for the draft when they turn 18 years of age, just like men of the US. What’s the difference?

    Yes, I am male. Maybe I should start a site: guyscantwhat.com ? ;)

    Gretchen, I am sorry you have experienced such hardship though your life. Frankly, if you step back and look at the bigger picture, women of today have it MUCH better than in the past, even before you were a twinkle in your mother’s eye. Muslim women, women of some oriental heritage, and others are still far more oppressed than Illinois!

    Good luck with your endeavors!

  83. gretchen on November 25, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Pat – I do look at the big picture and we women may be making progress but I don’t think anyone would say we have arrived in equality to men just yet. For starters, there is still a wage gap between men and women. And who said this was limited to Illinois? My Girls Can’t WHAT? designs sell internationally. ;)

  84. Emiy H. on December 1, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    hey, i love this website! do you think you can make a GIRLS CANT WHAT? design of a dancer? and maybe a girl winning a olympic gold medal? because a lot of people tell me dance is not a sport and girls shouldnt be in the olympics. they just dont get get! thanks !!!
    – Emily

  85. gretchen on December 1, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Thanks for the ideas Emily, I will definitely add those to my list!

  86. Cori on December 6, 2009 at 12:30 am

    I know you already have one for cheerleadering. And I thank you, Guys always say cheering isn’t a sport.
    They don’t understand that if cheering was easy the would call it Football.

  87. Karina on December 11, 2009 at 6:57 am

    Hey Gretchen!! Beautiful site you’ve got here. I think what you’re doing is great – keep it up!
    I’m the smallest kid in gr10. Last year I joined the wrestling team, mostly boys and all bigger than me. I didn’t think I could do it, but now I’m stronger than almost anyone (but still short!). I love to surprise people when they ask me what my favourite sport is.
    Best of wishes,

  88. gretchen on December 11, 2009 at 8:27 am

    That’s fantastic Karina! Keep it up. :)

  89. Noa on December 11, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Hi Gretchen! What’s up? I’m twelve, almost 13. I LOVE this site! In fact, I’m having my bat mitzvah soon, and I’m seriously thinking about taking a lot of ‘Girls Can’t WHAT?’ t-shirts and stuff to hand out. I think it would be cool to have a page dedicated to only submitting ideas for shirts etc., because I’m sure a lot of girls out there have really good ideas!

  90. gretchen on December 11, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Hi Noa! Glad you like the site. I do have a page for making requests: https://www.girlscantwhat.com/contact/

    Feel free to send me your ideas. :)

  91. Rose on March 10, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Dear gretchen , i found ya site by lingering upon some girl drummer websites.
    Iam currently 16 years old , and all through my life my mother and father have always supported me in what i wanted to do. In my family of strong and sometimes stubborn hyspanic women i found through every page of my childhood up to now my teen year’s to never let a male oriented society grab and snatch our brains and molded into their “perfection”. To always keep our voice’s heard , and that’s true cause when grandma speaks….GRANDMA SPEAKS WITH HIGH AUTHORTIY INDEED. I’ve always had a pungent mind for the art’s and music. By the age of 12 i could distinctively seperate every instrument in a song and do “air drumming”. It wasent until a couple month’s now that i’ve had proffesional lessons. Last week i had a car accident with my mother…for a couple day’s i was in and out of it cause i had a mild head conconcossion. Thankfuly , thanks to god i am getting back to practiceing my drumming.

    Thanks for creating this website!!


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  93. rana on May 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    i rly like ur idea of girls can’t what because we can do everything if we want to!
    and my dream job is 2 be a pilot but always people tell me there is no women pilots!!
    but i hope i can be a pilot!!
    (girls can be pilots):)

  94. gretchen on May 1, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Thanks Rana and yes there are women pilots! Check out this interview: https://www.girlscantwhat.com/laroche-gloria-pilot/

  95. rana on May 1, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    i read the interview between u and Gloria LaRoche and i wish i can make an interview with her to!!
    this interview made me think that it’s not a day dream!!i can be pilot!

  96. monica on May 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    i like this site, i am 13 and i play football, basketball, and track. i am pretty good at football but all the guys say is that i suck and play bench and its annoying. i have photos that even proove that i play. i like it. i <3 that sport and im thinkin bout ordering the "girls cant what" football sweatshirt and t-shirt lol <3 this site

  97. Danielle on October 26, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    hi i just joined this site i am wanting to play football but the guys are putting me down its getting on my nerves i am a cheerleader for football and the team i cheer for is the won i would like to play for next season i will play football i just wish the guys would quit so just because ima girl i cant play wow!!!

  98. Danielle on October 26, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    thank you so much for creating this site i am so confident that i can play whatever sport i want boys need to understand that girls can play sports to GO GIRLS CANT WHAT :)

  99. James on December 4, 2010 at 1:43 am

    I’m a guy, but I love this idea. I hate discrimination and double standards.

    • gretchen on December 4, 2010 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks James. :)

  100. Ashley on March 13, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    hey this website helped me on my project but by any chance can u put some info up so its easier to site this source??? thnx (:

    Ashley (:

  101. Lisa Bundy on May 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Just found your website and love it! Just one suggestion, I have been a car dealer for 20+ years and now train those (usually guys) wanting to become car dealers….how about a “girl in a car ” design for us “car girls”?

    Thanks again and ROCK ON GIRL!!!!

    • gretchen on May 19, 2011 at 8:58 am

      Thank you Lisa – and that’s a great design idea. I will add that to my list!

  102. Hishgee on June 3, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Hi I’m Mongolia. I like your site ……………and very pleasing

  103. Ashley on June 14, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Hi. I’m 12. And I went out for wrestling and they turned me down because ima girl! I believe thats called sexiest! Right? U inspired me to go out again! and tell all the boys to quit being jerks and let me play! Thanks again! <3 this website!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  104. Allie on July 27, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Thank you! THANK YOU! This website makes me so happy and I want an astronaut tee-shirt so bad! I hate when guys think they are better than girls. They have since the dawn of time!

    So, I was thinking… could you make a itouch case? and maybe you could do a karate girl and an author girl? Thanks! This website is the best!

  105. Allie on July 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks! But which one is the itouch case, cause I can’t find it

  106. Allie on July 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Oh, Ashley, you should get a wrestling Girl’s Can’t WHAT?! Tee and wear it when unto try out again!

  107. Allie on July 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I meant u go, not unto

  108. gretchen on July 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Which version of the itouch do you have?

  109. Allie on July 28, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    The Itouch 2

  110. gretchen on July 28, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Allie – my main vendor (the products you see on this site) doesn’t have an ipod 2 case, but I have another vendor that does carry them. I can set up a section for them next week. Which design do you want on it?

  111. Allie on October 2, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    sorry i havent responed. I think if you are still able to do it I think we should do the Women working sign 2

  112. Allie on October 2, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    and could you make a guitar player that has brown hair, and I think you should make a fencing one thats just the sword

  113. gretchen on October 13, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Allie – I have the new cases up in my Cafepress shop:

    I should have some new ones available in the main shop by the end of next week. :)

  114. Allie on December 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    awesome! and i have just one more sugestion, and i would LOVE this one if you made it, and would try VERY hard to get it.

    a snowmobiling girl! I love snowmobiling, and it is like my favortie sport EVER! I would love for you too make it!

  115. gretchen on December 15, 2011 at 8:46 am

    That is an excellent idea, Allie! I will add that to my list.

  116. Ashley on July 29, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Gretchen, you have such an awesome site and business! I love how you are empowering girls to believe that anything is possible, even when other people say it isn’t!

  117. Craig Chrstopher on September 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Hello Gretchen…I just want to say thanks soooo much for including designs that that depict children of color doing wonderful things…your such a wonderful person keep up the great work.

  118. gretchen on September 25, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Thanks, Craig! So glad you enjoy my artwork.

  119. Minty on November 23, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Hi Gretchen!

    I stumbled on this website from looking for scholarships for women motorcycle mechanics. I’m a student at Motorcycle Mechanics Institute currently.

    I am a 4’9.5″ Asian female that rides a 2006 Yamaha R1, a 1000cc motorcycle. I am trying to own my own motorcycle shop once I graduate from MMI, Phoenix location.

    I’m happy to see the empowerment that you’re doing females in male domineering industries. Please keep it up! I will continue my search for my scholarships! Take care!

    • gretchen on November 24, 2012 at 12:06 am

      Hi Minty! Would love to hear more about experiences at MMI. Great to hear you have a goal to own your own shop. So cool!

  120. Tamrah on December 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    i love this site! i am so glad u created it because i can relate to many of the other females who have blogged. i also feel that i’m not the only one who thinks i can do the same thing as males. it has helped me a lot and i have been amazed with some of the post. i absolutely love it!

  121. gretchen on December 17, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Thanks Tamrah – so glad you are enjoying the site. If there is anything you’d like to see more of, just let me know!

  122. Robert M. Brown on January 11, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    In line with your accomplishments and wonderful attitude, I thought you might like to explore a website http://www.dollyadventures.com which was built for a series of children’s books called Dolly Adventures.

    These books were written and published to promote positive and empowering inter action and learning between a child and her doll. These child-friendly experiences transcend into real-life situations and teach valuable lessons.

    The books are available in hard cover and ebook format. Dolly Goes to the Supermarket is available free to download. I would like to encourage you to the books.

  123. Ali [ ah-lee] on December 25, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    LOVE IT!!! I wish that I could make a website like this!!! I always am thinking why do people think that, excuse me men think girls are only good for cooking and cleaning! I mean cheese!! Girls can do whatever they want and be proud doing it!! For example I can play basketball and no boy is going to stop me from doing it! will you please write me back and tell me your opinion about what I wrote!:]

  124. Vikas Singh on February 2, 2018 at 6:19 am


    Think about the women in your life. Think about how they helped you grow as a person. Think of how they inspired you. Now think about all the times you appreciated them. Something’s wrong, eh? We understand. And that’s why we’re starting a campaign wherein we would help people appreciate the women who inspire them.

    For the campaign to be successful, we would need all the support we can muster. You could help us by allowing us to post a blog on your website about the same.

    Thanks a lot for sparing the time to read this! Have a good day!

    Vikas Singh

  125. Shannon on March 11, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    I just discovered your site, and I am distressed by the first two sentences in your bio. Yes, it’s clear you wrote this a lifetime ago, but it’s still out there. You wrote, “. . . I am not your traditional girl” and indicated a “traditional girl” would be wearing a dress, picking flowers, and talking about cute shoes. First, your idea of a traditional girl is/was skewed and second, you’re dissing any girl who actually fits that or part of that description–neither of which is inclusive on your part. You’re saying from the get-go that you’re better than them for being less “girly”. girl’s can’t WHAT? Well, hopefully girls CAN at least be cool to each other.

    • gretchen on September 4, 2018 at 10:21 am

      I never said I was better. Just different. Don’t read into that.

  126. Bohmie on March 16, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Dear Gretchen,
    I am looking into opportunities to further my knowledge of biomedical engineering.I was wondering if you could recommend any mentorship programs for girls that are interested in engineering. You are one of my role models. Thank you for being you and empowering women across the globe.

  127. Mobile App Development Services India on September 3, 2020 at 5:25 am

    Thank You for creating something that empowers young girls, Keep growing, I will share it on all social media.

  128. John Lawson on March 11, 2021 at 6:46 am

    I thinks girls and boys, both have equal skills if they learn web design. Both are humans!

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