A Mighty Girl Blog

  • Signs of the Times: Why A Mighty Girl Supports Gender-Neutral Toy Signage

    A Q&A by the A Mighty Girl Team

    When Target announced that they would be removing gendered signs from the toy sections of its US stores, A Mighty Girl – and many in our community – were thrilled. Our Facebook post announcing this change, as of this writing, went viral with over 75,000 likes and 30,000 shares. While the response in our community was overwhelmingly positive, as word of the announcement spread, some commentators also had questions and concerns about the change. How would this affect shoppers? What does it mean for girls, boys, and parents? And, perhaps the root of many concerns: what’s the big deal about gendered marketing anyway?

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    As supporters of ending gender discrimination and stereotyping, we applaud Target’s decision – and the many other efforts like it happening both in North America and around the world – so we wanted to address some of the most common questions we’ve been hearing about gender-neutral signage and marketing: how it works, why it’s important, and how it fits into other efforts to change the way the world sees girls and boys.

    Gender-neutral marketing and merchandising is about much more than political correctness; instead, it’s a sign of the times, one that points to a shift away from strictly limited gender roles and towards a world where everyone can pursue their interests and talents without feeling like the odd one out. By the end of this blog post, we hope those with concerns will see why this decision is about so much more than signs. And, if you'd like to explore these issues in more depth than is possible in a short post, we've also recommend several books on this topic in the resource section below. Among the recommendations is an excellent new release for parents filled with advice on how to raise kids who are less constrained by gender stereotypes, Parenting Beyond Pink and Blue

    If you share our feelings about gender-neutral toy marketing, please support companies that are doing the right thing by changing the way they organize their toy departments. You can leave a message congratulating Target for their decision on their Facebook page. Continue reading

  • Pack It Up: A Mighty Girl's Backpacks and Lunch Bags for Back to School

    temp 2By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    The start of school is just around the corner for many children so it's time to start stocking up on all the supplies your Mighty Girl will need for the upcoming year — and number one on most lists is a great backpack. If you’re looking for some fun backpack options that don’t restrict your Mighty Girl to a limited range of themes or colors — or a backpack featuring her favorite character — our Bags & Packs section has a variety of different options for you to check out!

    To get you started on your shopping, we’re sharing some of our favorite backpacks and lunch totes from our collection. These bags, which offer a range of sizes and themes, will give you a good idea of the possibilities out there for your Mighty Girl this year. So let’s get packing!

    For more back-to-school resources, including books, clothing, backpacks, and gear, visit our Girl Empowerment Back to School Guide.

    And, if you're looking for stories to help your Mighty Girl prepare for the new school year -- whether she's starting preschool or heading off to college -- check out our two blog posts: Back to School: Books About Mighty Girls' Adventures at School and Mighty Girls in Middle School, High School, and Beyond. Continue reading

  • Back to School Part II: Mighty Girls in Middle School, High School, and Beyond

    StandUp_350x350[1]By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    Parents of younger Mighty Girls looking for books about school can find recommendations in our second post in the series: Back to School Part I: Mighty Girls’ Adventures at School.

    By the time your child is a tween or teen, you might think that they’ve got this whole “school” thing down — but in reality, the transitions to middle school, high school, and post-secondary education are all just as significant as that first step through the kindergarten doors. And beyond finding their bearings in a new school, they also have to adjust to increasing independence and start thinking about the career direction they have to take. Put it all together and it’s no wonder that tweens and teens report being stressed out by school!

    Fortunately, there are some great books out there to help tweens, teens, and their parents get used to all of these changes. Whether she’s looking for advice on changing classes for the first time, figuring out how to navigate increasingly complicated social waters, handling living independently at college, or wondering what kind of career might suit her, there’s a book here to help.

    And for parents who are looking at this rapidly-changing creature in front of them — seemingly a little girl one moment and a grown woman the next — there are books to help understand how your relationship dynamic is changing and what she’s going through behind those school and bedroom doors.

    For more back-to-school resources, including books, clothing, backpacks, and gear, visit our Girl Empowerment Back to School Guide.
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  • Back to School Part I: Books About Mighty Girls' Adventures at School

    adventureanniekindergartencover[1]By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    Parents of older Mighty Girls looking for books about school can find recommendations in our second post in this series: Back to School Part II: Mighty Girls in Middle School, High School, and Beyond.

    While it sometimes feels like “back to school” starts right after school ends for the summer, the truth is that preparing for school does take a lot of time — both for parents and for kids who are off on this new adventure. And it’s easy for parents to forget that there was a time when school was totally unfamiliar, and maybe a little scary!

    Whether your Mighty Girl is about to start a preschool program or if she's preparing to move to elementary school or a new school, here are some great books to help her feel prepared. By answering some of her questions about what it will be like — and reassuring her that there are wonderful things to learn and do there — you can help your Mighty Girl get excited about her school career. And for parents of older Mighty Girls, watch for a follow-up blog with books about school for middle schoolers, high schoolers, and beyond!

    For more back-to-school resources, including books, clothing, backpacks, and gear, visit our Girl Empowerment Back to School Guide. Continue reading

  • Understanding The Way I Feel: Mighty Girl Books About Managing Emotions

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    9781609581831_p0_v1_s260x420_1_[1]With the release of Disney Pixar’s film Inside Out, many Mighty Girls and their parents are thinking more about feelings: what feelings they have, how they interact, and how to manage them in positive ways. Whether you have a preschooler struggling to name how she feels, a tween wrestling with newly complex emotions, or a teenager who needs to find ways to incorporate her emotional life into adult decision-making, parents can do a lot to help kids navigate their emotional world. But sometimes, it’s hard to know where to begin.

    Fortunately, there are some great books out there to help parents and kids learn about their feelings — and how to express them appropriately. In this blog, we’re sharing some of our favorite books that help kids name, tame, and manage their emotions. These books for toddlers to teens are funny, poignant, and heartfelt, but most importantly, reassuring that no matter what you’re feeling, you can come out the other side.

    In addition to the recommendations below, you can find several books related to the recently released Disney/Pixar film that address handling emotions in our Inside Out Collection.

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  • True North: 10 Amazing Canadian Women

    8621604[1]By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    Happy Canada Day! Canada has come a long way since the Dominion of Canada was formed 148 years ago. It’s gone from the four original provinces to ten provinces and three territories that truly fulfill the national motto, “From sea to shining sea.” A diverse nation of peoples from all over the world, Canada is looking towards a bright future.

    And unsurprisingly, throughout Canada’s history, brave women have been there to leave their mark. From the earliest colonial settlements to today, women have helped shape the history and culture of Canada. To celebrate Canada Day, A Mighty Girl is paying tribute to ten of these amazing women. From activists to scientists, authors to engineers, and athletes to doctors, these women have shown that Canadian pride is universal.

    So let’s take a trip through Canada’s past and present to recognize these ten women who have helped make this country a place so many people are proud to call home. Continue reading

  • "Remember the Ladies” -- A Mighty Girl Celebrates the Fourth of July

    By Lili Sandler, A Mighty Girl Senior Research Intern

    Happy Independence Day! The Fourth of July is celebrated across the United States in commemoration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. While no women were present to add their signatures to the declaration, their role in creating and preserving the freedom that all Americans cherish is equally important to our nation’s history. In this post, we strive to, as Abigail Adams famously directed her husband, John Adams, one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence, “remember the ladies” and their immense contributions to the nation's founding.

    As we look forward to a day of parades, barbecues, baseball, and fireworks, we also look forward to a day to celebrate our great nation; a day to remember the battles won and lost, the sacrifices made, and the remarkable women who helped to transform those original thirteen colonies of 1776 into the United States of today.

    To learn more or order any of the books or resources highlighted in the post, simply click the link or image below to visit that item's A Mighty Girl page. By using the 'Buy at Amazon' and other links on every A Mighty Girl product page, at no added cost to you, you help make it possible for us to maintain this website as a resource for everyone committed to girl empowerment.

    WOMEN OF COLONIAL TIMES

    independent-dames[1]For a fantastic book that introduces many fascinating women of the Colonial period, budding historians will love Laurie Halse Anderson’s Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American Revolution (age 6 - 10). Women of the Revolutionary War played many roles, from tending to wounded soldiers, to sewing for the troops, to disguising themselves as men in order to fight alongside their brothers and husbands. With engaging and detailed illustrations by Matt Faulkner, this book will intrigue children and adults alike!

    Award-winning journalist Cokie Roberts has also recently released a new book for children about women's contribution to the American Revolution, Founding Mothers: Remembering The Ladies (age 7 - 12). Filled with beautiful illustrations by Caldecott Honor-winning artist Diane Goode, it features profiles on a diverse range of women who played significant roles during the period, including figures such as Abigail Adams, Martha Washington, Phillis Wheatley, Mercy Otis Warren, Deborah Franklin, Sarah Livingston Jay, and others. Continue reading

  • Not Your Typical Princess: Thirty Favorite Independent Princess Stories

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    617N93PBT1L[1]A princess is always pretty, sweet, passive, and needs a prince to rescue her, right? Wrong!

    At A Mighty Girl, we receive many questions from people searching for empowering depictions of princesses — princesses that are much more than the limited stereotype usually applied! After all, they can be smart, strong, courageous, daring, and kind; and most importantly, they can be individuals, just like the children who love hearing their stories.

    A Mighty Girl has put together this collection of some of our favorite independent princess stories but this is just a small sampling of the many great ones available — in our popular special feature The Ultimate Guide to the Independent Princess, you'll find more than 100 books starring smart, confident, and courageous princesses for all ages!  Continue reading

  • Mighty Girls On The Go, Part 1: Travel Games

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    rorys-story-cubesFor many families, summer means time to travel! But whether you’re driving or flying, visiting family or exploring a new area of the country or the world, one of the biggest challenges of a long trip can be finding ways to entertain kids on the journey, especially if you're trying to limit screen time. To make it easier, we've pulled together recommendations for travel activities that can keep kids of all ages content and busy on your trip — so many, in fact, that we can’t fit them all in one blog post!

    In this post, we focus on travel games that are compact and perfect for tossing into backpacks and carry-on bags to be pulled out whenever you need them. We’ve included options for one person to use alone, as well as multi-player games, and even some fun learning and creative games that can give your kids' fun ways to build on what they learned in school over the year.

    The games featured in this post are just a small sample of the games found on A Mighty Girl -- to browse our entire selection, visit our Travel Games section. Continue reading

  • Singing about Fatherly Love: Mighty Girl Songs for Father's Day

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    The love between fathers and daughters can be the inspiration for some incredible music. As part of our celebration of the wonderful Dads out there raising Mighty Girls, we wanted to share our top five father-daughter songs. Whether the song is in the father’s voice, wondering at this amazing girl in his life, or in the daughter’s voice, reflecting on the strength her father gives her, these songs are sure to be a hit this Father’s Day!

    We will describe each song here, but for more details, including information for parents  about content in the lyrics or video, and to preview songs via embedded YouTube videos, please click on the links to view the full entries. Most of these songs, like the majority of the titles featured in A Mighty Girl’s music section, are available through Amazon.com’s MP3 download service, via the links on each song's page. By using the links on A Mighty Girl, you also help to support the site at no added cost to you, and can have your Father’s Day playlist set up in no time!

    For Mighty Girl books that celebrate the father-daughter relationship, please also check out our first Father’s Day blog, A Father’s Love: A Mighty Girl Celebrates Father’s Day. Continue reading

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