As a dad constantly on the look-out for strong female role models for my daughter — besides her kick-ass mother, that is — I was thrilled to find A Mighty Girl, an online library of the best in girl power books and movies.
Sadly, I have yet to actually buy anything from the site, but I am using it as a resource for go-to books, as my daughter, age 6, is reading on her own now and interested in strong girl characters.
Say the site’s founders:
“Girls do not have to be relegated to the role of sidekick or damsel in distress; they can be the leaders, the heroes, the champions that save the day, find the cure, and go on the adventure.”
It’s a more difficult task than it looks, especially as even books now are being gender divided. I went to my daughter’s school book fair and was saddened and angered to see books like, “Fairy Tales for Girls” and “Adventure Stories for Boys” because inside were literary classics meant for all children, but these crappy new marketing labels suddenly make it seem like Kidnapped was only for boys and Black Stallion was only for girls.I get the sense that A Mighty Girl focuses on powerful characters that would be great for girls, or boys. Good on them.
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