A Mighty Girl Blog

  • 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

  • "That Time Of The Month": Teaching Your Mighty Girl About Her Menstrual Cycle

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    PERIOdcover[1]Do you remember having your period for the first time? Were you relieved, scared, confused? Did you know what was happening, or were you told after the fact? Did you think you could bleed to death or make people sick, or believe that you couldn’t swim or go to gym class? Did you hear someone make joking references to women being “on the rag” and think, “I’ll die of embarrassment if anyone knows?” Did you feel like you were prepared?

    In a world that is increasingly public about all sorts of previously private topics, menstruation is still a taboo subject. What information girls do hear around them is often negative or incorrect, and even school health classes that discuss the subject often focus on the “nuts and bolts” without ever touching on the real, practical experience of a monthly cycle. As a result menarche — a girl’s first period — is still likely to be disconcerting for her.

    But parents, mentors, and friends of Mighty Girls can turn this milestone of womanhood into a much more positive experience. By providing lots of accurate information, real-life experience, and practical advice, girls can learn to view their menstrual cycle in a totally different way: as an important element of their female nature and as a key sign of coming adulthood. In this blog, we’ll help you turn a girl’s first period into an empowering experience. Continue reading

  • The Great Outdoors: Mighty Girl Books Celebrating Outdoor Discovery

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    61esnjse65l_1_[1]For many kids, summer means more time to enjoy the great outdoors! Nicer weather and no school provide more opportunities for hiking, beach trips, and lots of playtime. And best of all, it’s good for them: research shows how much benefit kids get from unstructured play outside.

    To celebrate the arrival of summer, we’ve collected some of our favorite Mighty Girl books about all the wonders that summertime play has to offer. These Mighty Girls have plenty of imagination, along with bundles of energy, and the end result is lots of outdoor summer fun. We've also included a selection of books for parents about just how important it is to let your kids get out in the sun, sand, and dirt of outdoor games and ideas on how to build more outdoor time into your family's busy schedule. .

    For more books for children and teens that celebrate the wonders and joys of nature, visit our Nature & Environment section.
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  • Father’s Day Gifts for Mighty Dads

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    Behind many Mighty Girls is a Mighty Dad! It can be hard to find gifts that celebrate the role that a father plays in his daughter’s life, so in honor of all the dedicated dads in the Mighty Girl community, we’ve gathered some great gift ideas for the father in your life. Whether he’s sharing his life and memories, enjoying a laugh about the ups and downs of parenting, or getting inspired by tributes to the special place he holds in his Mighty Girl’s life, these gifts are sure to make his Father’s Day extra special.

    For more great ideas for celebrating Father’s Day, check out our blog A Father’s Love: A Mighty Girl Celebrates Father’s Day, which features books for girls about the father-daughter relationship, and Singing About Fatherly Love: Mighty Girl Songs for Father’s Day.

    All About Dad: Journals For Fathers

    51uktravkql_1_[3]Sometimes Dads feel caught in the “strong, silent” stereotype that’s so often placed on boys and men, and don’t know how to share their memories and feelings with their children. A journal full of writing prompts can be a great way to start a conversation about who Dad really is! These guided journals are dedicated to helping Dads share the special moments of their lives — both from their childhoods and young adulthoods, and from the time they first became a father.

    Dad, Share Your Life With Me by Kathleen Lashier

    This heirloom edition journal offers one prompt question daily to allow Dad to share the story of his life — from where and when he was born, to details about his family, to first loves and college memories, and finally to his experience as a Dad. The journal is meant to be completed over the course of a year; it’s dated from January 1, with seasonal questions, so he can save it to begin in the New Year or start part way through as soon as he receives it. It’s a great way to get him thinking not just about the broad outline of his life, but also about all the little special moments (a favorite Halloween, a special vacation) that stand out.
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  • A Father's Love: A Mighty Girl Celebrates Father's Day

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    A father is a special presence in a girl’s life: he supports, encourages, loves, and protects his daughter, even as he models to her what a man can be. Father’s Day provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate this unique and important relationship in the lives of many Mighty Girls. Whether they’re dancing with their babies, walking in the dark and snow with their little girls, or teaching their tweens and teens to be self-sufficient, the fathers in these books know a thing or two about raising Mighty Girls!

    READING TOGETHER

    213-3[1]For many daughters, story time with Daddy is a treasured ritual at the end of a busy day — the perfect time to reconnect and enjoy some quiet time together. We’ve put together a selection of books perfect for father-daughter reading. Whether he’s cuddling with his newborn girl or laughing with his tween, the father in your life will love these books.

    Baby Dance, by Ann Taylor, illustrated by Marjorie van Heerden (0 - 2)

    19th century poet Ann Taylor’s homage to a father dancing, twirling, and cuddling with his infant child makes a beautiful, rhythmic board book, perfect for reading — and dancing to! Van Heerden’s pastel illustrations show the fun and playfulness of this father and daughter sneaking a little special time together as Mommy sleeps nearby. Babies will love the rhythm — and the excuse for a little extra time with Daddy.
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  • True Colors: Mighty Girl Books for Pride Month

    tumblr_m4o2z1hZuQ1qkpz3uo1_400[1]By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    “I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated, and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values.” — Ellen Degeneres

    One of the founding principles of A Mighty Girl is that girls of all ages should be able to find books that reflect who they are: their background, their interests, and their dreams. But when a girl identifies as lesbian, bisexual, transgender, gender questioning — or someone in her life does — it can be challenging to find stories that reflect her experience.

    For Pride Month, we at A Mighty Girl wanted to share some of our favorite books featuring lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning (LGBTQ) characters. Whether your Mighty Girl is a member of the LGBTQ community, or an LGBTQ ally, these books will show her that her experience is not unique: millions of people stand with her.

    To view our related post highlighting songs celebrating the joy of living proud and free, visit our post on Songs of Pride: Mighty Girl Songs for Pride Celebrations.

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