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  • From science to superheroes to women's history, our favorite Mighty Girl socks for teens and adults!

    There are few things as much fun as a pair of unique, colorful socks! Mighty Girls — and the women they grow into — have a huge range of interests and talents, but those interests are often not reflected in the clothing options available to them.

    With that in mind, we're showcasing our favorite girl-empowering socks for teens and adults from our clothing collection. These high-quality socks represent a much larger array of interests that you'll find in most retail clothing sections, so you're sure to find a pair to suit any pair of feet. And, of course, they're perfect for small gifts or stocking stuffers!

    For our full selection of empowering socks, visit our Sock Collection. You can also find many more fun Mighty Girl stocking stuffers in our "Small But Mighty" Stocking Stuffers Collection. Continue reading Continue reading

  • The "Women of NASA" Lego Set has become one of this year's top toys -- now learn the inspiring stories of these trailblazing scientists!

    When LEGO released their Women of NASA Building Set last month, it was a sensation. Our Facebook post announcing its release quickly went viral. The set became Amazon's bestselling toy and sold out within a day, showing the strong demand for science toys with female scientists at the forefront!

    The set features four pioneering women who made major contributions to the U.S. space program: astronomer and educator Nancy Grace Roman; computer scientist Margaret Hamilton; astronaut and physicist Sally Ride; and astronaut, physician, and engineer Mae Jemison. The 231-piece set, created by LEGO fan and science writer Maia Weinstock, includes minifigures of all four women and buildable models of the Hubble space telescope and a space shuttle.

    Weinstock, who first proposed the set on LEGO's crowdsourcing design platform, designed her set to increase awareness of the contributions these women made to the space program and to science as a whole. In her proposal, she wrote: “In many cases, their contributions are unknown or under-appreciated — especially as women have historically struggled to gain acceptance in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)." In a later interview, Weinstock added that she believes it's "critical to have toys that girls can look at and play with and think, ‘that's me!'’ or ‘that could be me!"

    The massive popularity of this unique set — the first of its kind since the now discontinued LEGO Research Institute — has generated a sense of excitement and curiosity about the women of America's space program. But while many children and adults may recognize their names, few people know the details of these pioneering scientists' work. In this blog post, we're introducing you to these remarkable women, filling in the details about their careers and why they deserve to hold a special place in space history. We've also recommended books for all ages that let those interested explore their fascinating stories in greater depth. They've been immortalized in LEGO form; now it's time to celebrate the women themselves! Continue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's top picks of books, toys, clothing, and room decor featuring Rey!

    For decades, many girls have loved the exciting stories of the Star Wars universe. But whether they were fans of the original rebel princess, Princess Leia, or eagerly followed the adventures of other Star Wars characters, like Padme Amidala, Ahsoka Tano, or Sabine Wren, it's often been challenging to find merchandise that celebrated the characters that they loved.

    With the arrival of Star Wars: The Force Awakens — and the revelation that the film's star, Rey, was female — excitement began to build. But despite Rey's prominence in the film, fans were dismayed to discover that products featuring her were few and far between. This led to a hashtag campaign, #WheresRey, dedicated to seeking better representation of female characters — in particular Rey — in Star Wars merchandise. Fortunately, companies began to respond to the demand and provide more options for Rey fans.

    In advance of the highly anticipated sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, in this blog post, we're showcasing a variety of books, toys, clothing, and decor featuring Rey, as she is shown in both films. Whether you're seeking a storybook for a young fan, an action figure depicting Rey during her Jedi training, or artwork featuring Rey, there are many more options for all ages. Now, fans of this courageous and determined Mighty Girl character can read stories, play with toys, dress up, and decorate the walls — all with Rey! Continue reading Continue reading

  • From science to art to pretend play, our recommendations will help you pick the perfect toy for the special "big box".

    If your Mighty Girl is especially drawn to science, art, or something entirely different, it might be worth spending a larger portion of the holiday gift budget on one very special present that will allow her to delve deeply into that interest.

    In our new post, we recommend a number of toys perfect for filling the "big box," ranging from large-scale building sets that can be easily shared among siblings to dollhouses that will provide endless opportunities for imaginative play. While more expensive than the average disposable toy, the high-quality nature of these toys also means that they last for years to come — and be there to pass on to younger children in the future.

    For more girl-empowering toys of all varieties, check out our 2017 Girl Empowerment Holiday Gift Guide and our 2017 Holiday Guide blog series. Continue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's top picks of girl-empowering early chapter books for new and emerging readers.

    There's little that compares with the amazing moment when a young reader realizes she can read on her own! It's a tremendous accomplishment when a child gets through her own book from cover to cover. The best way to encourage that practice is to fill your young reader's shelves with fun, exciting, and just-challenging-enough books to read, but finding those books — especially girl-empowering titles — can often be difficult. Sometimes you need a leveled reader that suits your child's ability, and sometimes you're looking for the perfect early chapter book. Whatever you're looking for, you want it to be entertaining enough to catch their attention but of sufficient quality to properly exercise their reading skills.

    With that in mind, we've showcased a selection of our favorite Mighty Girl books for new and emerging readers. These engaging stories range from leveled readers with lots of pictures and short chapters to true early chapter books for more advanced readers. Kids will love the exciting stories — both fiction and non-fiction — that are just right for their level; parents will love that their kids will be asking for just a few more minutes to read!

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  • A Mighty Girl's round-up of the top deals of the week on girl-empowering toys!

    If you love A Mighty Girl's 2017 Girl Empowerment Holiday Gift Guide, we've pulled together a selection of this week's best deals on girl-empowering toys that are featured in our guide. From the Rey & BB-8 Adventure Playset to a Pride and Prejudice Coloring Book to a star projector for aspiring young astronomers, we've included a range of options to appeal to Mighty Girls' diverse interests. And, with all of the toys available from 30 to 70% off, parents will love that they are both empowering and affordable. Continue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's top arts & crafts toys for creative Mighty Girls all ages!

    As many kids — and adults — know, there are few things as satisfying as expressing your creativity! Whether you're painting a picture, playing a song, or making something beautiful, arts and crafts inspire the maker as much as those who see them. And there's no better way to keep hands and minds busy if the weather is bad than with a fun new project!

    If you'd like to give the gift of creative play this holiday, we've collected some of our favorite arts and crafts toys and kits in this blog post. In the first section, we've featured toys and kits for drawing, painting, and sculpting; in the second part, we've shared our favorite fabric craft kits; and in the final section, we've showcased a variety of real and pretend play musical instruments for all ages. So take a look, and see what things your Mighty Girl could make by hand this holiday!

    For more girl-empowering toys of all varieties, check out our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide and our 2017 Gift Guide Blog Series. Continue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's top picks of Wonder Woman-themed books, toys, costumes, and clothing for children and adults.

    For seventy-five years, Diana of the Amazons — better known to the world as Wonder Woman — has been thrilling fans young and old! The DC superhero has been an icon of feminism, a champion of peace and truth, and an inspiration to girls in particular, presenting them with a strong, powerful female pop culture role model. And with the live-action Wonder Woman movie becoming one of this year's blockbuster successes, a whole new generation of Mighty Girls has been thrilled to see their hero on the big screen!

    To celebrate Wonder Woman's rise, we've put together a blog post showcasing our favorite Wonder Woman-themed books, toys, costumes, and clothing for both children and adults. No matter your age, there's plenty of ways that you can let your love of Wonder Woman shine! Continue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's favorite Christmas books, from beloved classics to new releases -- all starring Mighty Girls!

    With December fast approaching, the Christmas season is almost here! And what better activity is there to prepare for the holidays than curling up and reading a beloved Christmas story together? For many families, reading holiday stories — whether old favorites or new finds — is a treasured part of the season. And, what better way to get in the holiday spirit than with a Mighty Girl Christmas story!

    If you’re looking for Christmas stories to add to your family's library, we’ve put together a selection of our favorite girl-empowering books celebrating this special holiday. The Mighty Girls in these books enjoy Christmas traditions, share special time with family, and learn the true importance of giving — both to the people they love and to people in need. We hope that you find the perfect book to become part of your family’s Christmas tradition!

    You can also learn about our favorite books celebrating Hanukkah in our blog post, The Festival of Lights: 18 Favorite Mighty Girl Hanukkah Books. Continue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's top picks of books about women in technology and programming toys & games that introduce kids of all ages to coding!

    Computers and technology are all around us at both work and play — which means that knowing the ins and outs of programming is an ever more essential skill! While in the past kids could only start learning about programming when they were ready for text-based computer languages, today they can get started from with board games, color-coded programming languages, and much more, encouraging kids to see themselves as programmers from an early age.

    At the same time, sexism and stereotypes about computer programming can still pose obstacles to girls and women interested in getting into the technology industry. Although women were some of the first programmers in the world, today men outnumber women by a substantial margin, with only 19% of computer science degrees being awarded to female graduates in the United States. So now, more than ever, we need to show girls how programming fits into their lives — and teach them about the many contributions that women have made to the field!

    With that goal in mind, in this blog post, we're showcasing a selection of our favorite resources to encourage girls with an interest in technology — and to introduce coding to girls who may have never even considered the possibility. In the first part, we provide an array of toys and kits that teach kids the basics of programming logic and coding, and show them the amazing possibilities that come along with computer know-how. While in the second part, we share a selection of books for all ages featuring female programmers and coding pioneers. Together, we can raise a new generation of savvy Mighty Girl coders! Continue reading Continue reading

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