A Mighty Girl Blog

  • Mighty Careers: I Want To Be A Veterinarian!

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    In our Mighty Careers blog series, we celebrate the careers that Mighty Girls around the world are dreaming of pursuing one day! In each blog, we provide a career role model, as well as recommendations for books, clothing, and toys to support and encourage her aspirations. Whether she’s three or thirteen, you’ll find options here to teach her more about her dream job — and help her start preparing to live it!

    biscuitvisitsthedoctorIn this post, we’re highlighting resources for budding veterinarians! Whether your Mighty Girl pictures herself in a small animal practice, taking care of beloved dogs and cats; a large animal practice, caring for horses and cattle; or a more specialized practice like caring for exotic or zoo animals, her dream job requires a combination of a love for animals and a fascination with science.

    And she’s not alone in her aspirations: as of 2009, women actually outnumbered men in the American Veterinary Medicine Association, and as of this year, women make up 78% of veterinary medicine students. But it takes determination, drive, and an awful lot of work to earn your Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) scrubs, so the support she gets from her family and friends will make all the difference in the world to her future success.

    To support your Mighty Girl’s interest in veterinary medicine, we’ve collected a variety of books, toys, clothing, and decor that celebrates an interest in animal medicine. With these resources, you can help her achieve her goal of adding the coveted DVM to her name!

    For more Mighty Career ideas, check out our earlier posts on engineers, pilots, wildlife biologists, and astronauts.

    You can find more stories about Mighty Girl animal lovers in our blog Animal Friends: 20 Mighty Girl Stories About Caring for Animals. Continue reading

  • Animal Friends: 20 Mighty Girl Stories About Caring For Animals

    51q52f0nvql_1_[1]By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    For many Mighty Girls, a beloved animal provides a treasured relationship. And whether an animal is large or small, wild or domesticated or maybe even imaginary, sometimes it’s a Mighty Girl who cares for them or even comes to their rescue! If your Mighty Girl is an animal lover, she’ll love these stories about fictional Mighty Girls who take care of the other creatures around them.

    For stories of Mighty Girls and women — both fictional and real — who study wildlife, check out our Mighty Careers blog I Want To Be A Wildlife Biologist!.

    20 Animal-Loving Mighty Girl Books

    Please, Puppy, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee, illustrated by Kadir Nelson (age 0 - 3)

    The irrepressible little girl from Please, Baby, Please is back, a little older and with a new responsibility — a puppy! But as anyone who’s added a young puppy to their family knows, an undisciplined pup is hard to manage for an adult, let alone a pair of preschoolers. Adults will smile and young readers will laugh at this very loving and true-to-life depiction of the excitement of caring for a puppy. Continue reading

  • True North Strong and Free: 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 147 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

  • Let's Go On An Adventure: 20 Books to Inspire Adventurous Mighty Girls

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    pippi-longstocking-book-collection[1]What adventure is your Mighty Girl going on this summer? Is this the year she’ll bike to the park by herself, sleep outside in a tent, or learn to ride a horse? Will she paddle a canoe, or pass her swim test? Maybe she’s going on a trip with the scouts, or hiking in the woods near her house to find the perfect place to build her secret hideout. Whatever she’s planning, summer is the perfect time for new adventures — testing her limits and daring to try the things that she’s not quite sure she can do.

    To inspire your Mighty Girl to set off on all sorts of summer adventures, we’ve put together a list of our top 20 books featuring daring, courageous Mighty Girl characters on adventures of their own. These stories capture all the thrill and excitement of pushing yourself to do something unexpected and new. And who knows? You might just decide to join her on her new adventure!

    1. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey (age 2 - 6)

    Sal and her mother head out to pick blueberries at the same time as a bear cub and his mama bear head for the other side of the hill. When Sal’s mother shoos her away, in hopes that at least a few of the berries they’re picking will end up in the bucket rather than Sal’s tummy, Sal and the bear cub accidentally trade places! Both will have an adventure following the wrong mother — and getting back to the right one. 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.

    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

  • 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, or 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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  • Celebrating Summer with the Top Outdoor Play Toys for Mighty Girls!

    By Lili Sandler, A Mighty Girl Senior Research Intern

    Summer is here! It’s time to get outside and enjoy the long hours of sunshine! There are so many ways to explore the outdoors with the Mighty Girls in your life, and in this post we recommend a few of our favorite outdoor toys, games, and gear to consider for your adventures. If you'd like to discover more options beyond our recommendations below, you can also visit A Mighty Girl's extensive Outdoor Play section to learn about a wide range of excellent toys and games for children and teens.

    INDEPENDENT ACTIVE PLAY

    slacklineWhen it’s time to graduate from a ride-on to a two-wheeler, instead of using the typical training wheels, many studies — and more importantly, parents — agree that the best way for a child to learn to ride her own bike is by first mastering balancing. If your child can run, she is ready to try her own balance running bike with the Strider PREbike! She’ll be whizzing up and down the sidewalk in no time, and developing both pre-bicycling skills and confidence, too!

    For more wheel-based fun, check out this cherry blossom skateboard from Punisher Skateboards. All that time on her balancing bike will come in handy as she weaves her way around obstacles and over bumps. This board is 31 inches long, made of Canadian Maple, and is sure to delight girls 6 and older. Continue reading

  • The Beautiful Game: A Mighty Girl Celebrates Soccer

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    51m5j8mmyjl_1_[1]It’s played by 250 million people in over 200 countries, and in many nations, it’s the most prominent women’s team sport. Women’s soccer games have been recorded since the late 19th century, and today, 176 nations have national women’s soccer teams. Best of all, the future looks bright for women’s soccer: girls’ soccer leagues continue to thrive, with gender representation among youth soccer players almost exactly 50-50. With such an incredible love of the Beautiful Game out there, it’s no wonder that many Mighty Girls have been eagerly awaiting the 2014 FIFA World Cup!

    To celebrate this event — and the love of girls and women everywhere for the sport — we’ve collected some of our favorite books, toys, posters, and clothes celebrating the great game of soccer. We hope that these resources will have your Mighty Girl dreaming of her favorite game long after the World Cup is won. Continue reading

  • Kickstarting Girl Empowerment -- A Round-up of Current Crowdfunding Projects

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    We've had so many wonderful girl-empowering crowdfunding campaigns shared with us recently that we've decided to share them with our supporters in one post. A few of the projects featured are focused on stories starring Mighty Girls while others are about products designed by girls or women and there are even projects about encouraging literacy and a love of reading. All of them are great options for people in our community who would like to support innovative projects by or about girls and women.

    If you know other crowdfunding campaigns that are related to girl empowerment, please feel free to share them in the comments below.

    Seeking Support: Projects Not At Their Funding Goal

    These projects are still seeking funding to meet their minimum goal. For those fundraising on Indiegogo, they will receive partial funding even if they do not hit their goal, but Kickstarter projects receive no funding unless their target is reached.

    thebookFLili’s Alphabet Book: Alfabe Kitabim: Nil Navaie created this book to teach her toddler the 29-letter Turkish alphabet, but she’s also hoping to use proceeds from the book sales to support girls’ education in Turkey, where hundreds of thousands of girls still don’t attend school. Funds will go to cover printing costs and fees, as well as 10% to go to girls’ education causes.

    Chasing 200: As 16-year-old Kaylin Stewart seeks to become one of the youngest racing drivers to join the 200MPH Club, the aspiring film director/producer is also hoping to make a documentary about her attempt and the other, very rare, women who hold Land Speed Racing records. The majority of the filming will take place during Speed Week, the August event at the Bonneville Salt Flats where drivers can attempt record-breaking speed runs. Funding will go to cover the costs of principal photography, including staff costs and travel expenses, permits, and production insurance. Continue reading

  • Songs of Pride: Mighty Girl Songs for Pride Celebrations

    51hPsHAOhaL[1]By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    “Tonight love and hate met in St. Louis. And love outnumbered the hate, in poetic thousands. Hate left. But love stayed. + Together, we sang.” -- Lady Gaga on Twitter after a protest outside one of her concerts

    While Pride Month is a time to remember how far we have to come in the quest for acceptance of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) community, it is also a time to celebrate, because with every year, we come closer to a time when LGBTQ pride will be celebrated universally. In honor of the pride we should all feel in supporting individuality and equality, A Mighty Girl has put together our top ten songs for celebrating living authentic lives.

    Although not all of these songs was written with LGBTQ issues in mind, they have all been adopted by the LGBTQ community as expressions of their struggles and their dreams for the future. They provide reassurance that others support the community, whether they identify as LGBTQ or as allies. Most importantly, they remind all of us that, no matter what, we should stand tall and be proud of who we are. Continue reading

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