As a proud feminist with 7 little girls in my extended family, I feel a tremendous responsibility to expose them to some serious “girl power” to coexist with the many, many princesses covering walls, bedspreads and binders. I hit the jackpot last year with President Obama’s, “Of Thee I Sing, A Letter to My Daughters”. In this beautiful book, President Obama looks at 13 famous Americans and tells the girls what traits of theirs he sees in them. My cousin says that her daughters particularly enjoy the part about Martin Luther King.
My best gift for 2011 is The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. This delightful children’s book has the princess rescuing the prince! And she does it without princess-appropriate attire. There’s a great twist on the “happily ever after” too. Check out other children’s books with a feminist agenda.
While I love a good “book” theme, I adore these “Girl Power” shoelaces. They are definitely on deck for the years to come. Finally, I have spent way too much time searching the interwebs for a set of posters I fell in love with last year. One featured a girl on a horse and it said, “I can rescues myself.” Seriously, they were fantastic- if I manage to find them again, I’ll post them on the blog.
Carmen, Planned Parenthood Advocate