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  • Today in Mighty Girl history, six-year-old Ruby Bridges walked into William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans surrounded by a team of U.S. Marshals; thus, becoming the first African-American child to desegregate an all-white elementary school in the South. When Ruby arrived at school that first day in 1960, an event commemorated by Norman Rockwell in his famous painting "The Problem We All Live With," she was met by a vicious mob shouting and throwing objects at her.


    One of the federal marshals, Charles Burks, who served on her escort team, recalls Ruby's courage in the face of such hatred: "For a little girl six years old going into a strange school with four strange deputy marshals, a place she had never been before, she showed a lot of courage. She never cried. She didn't whimper. She just marched along like a little soldier. We were all very proud of her." Continue reading Continue reading

  • After months of hard work, we are thrilled to present our newest site addition -- A Mighty Girl Toys! With the world's largest collection of girl empowering books, movies, and music, adding toys was a natural extension of our mission of showcasing diverse and high-quality girl empowering products.

    From science and building toys to dolls and action figures to video games and crafts, the new toy section features nearly 2,000 carefully selected toys that honor the entire breadth of girls' interests – not just those represented in the ‘girls’ aisle of your average toy store.

    In this post, we hope to provide answers to a few common questions about the toy section and, hopefully, make it easy for you to find exactly what you're looking for during your visit. Continue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl recently launched its new toy section with nearly 2,000 high-quality, girl empowering toys. Liz Alarid, A Mighty Girl Research Intern and mother of a young Mighty Girl, was one of the interns instrumental in building this wonderful resource. In this essay, she shares her thoughts on genderization of toys and its repercussions on children's development.

    To learn more about the new toy section, including a few tips on how to get the most out of your visit, visit our Toy FAQ. Continue reading Continue reading

  • Many thanks to everyone who sent in photos of their Mighty Girls in costume for our A Mighty Girl Halloween photo album! We were extremely impressed by the creativity and diversity of the costumes, many of which were made by the girls themselves. To browse the amazing array of incredible Mighty... Continue reading
  • Juliette Gordon Low pinning a badge on a Girl Scout circa World War I. Credit: The Girl Scouts

    Today in Mighty Girl history, Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts in the United States, was born in 1860. Born in Savannah, Georgia, Low, known as "Daisy" to friends and family, spent much of her early adulthood traveling extensively and exploring the world. In 1911, she discovered a new passion when she met former English General Robert Baden-Powell who had recently founded the Scouting movement in the UK. Baden-Powell has also recruited his sister Agnes to organize the Girl Guides and new scout troops were springing up across England.

    Inspired to bring the new movement to America, Low returned to the US in 1912 and made a historic call to her cousin, Nina Anderson Pape where she stated: "Come right over! I've got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we're going to start it tonight!" The two women recruited girls from throughout Savannah and, on March 12, 1912, held the first meeting of the American Girl Guides. By 1913, the group was thriving with Low as president, and the organization's name was changed to "Girl Scouts." Continue reading Continue reading

  • By Lili Sandler, A Mighty Girl Research Intern

    We are thrilled to announce the launch of our newest section, Costumes for Mighty Girls! A dress-up bin is a fabulous addition to any Mighty Girl’s toy collection, and we’re excited to provide resources for making Halloween or any dress-up occasion one that promotes girl empowerment.

    amelia-earhartOver the last few decades, commercially-made Halloween costumes have been altered in many ways, but the majority of those alterations have resulted in one-dimensional and even harmful depictions of girls and women. Whether it’s changing an otherwise genderless costume, such as an animal, into an unnecessarily gendered one by adding bows and tutus, or taking a traditional -- and arguably feminist -- costume such as a witch or superhero and sexualizing it, society has further marginalized girls and women by limiting their dress-up options to those that are either “feminine” or “sexy”.

    Girls deserve more choice in their dress-up selections beyond this ever-narrowing interpretation of what constitutes a “girl’s costume”. At A Mighty Girl, we know that there are so many more interesting ways girls want to express themselves, and we’re here to help! Continue reading Continue reading

  • Why Start A Mighty Girl Book Club?

    A Mighty Girl book clubs provide girls with tremendous educational, social, and self-esteem-boosting benefits and parent-child book clubs also provide great bonding opportunities. Books are a great equalizer, providing children and adults with the same opportunities for self-discovery and emotional connection. A book discussion allows adults to better understand what their children are thinking and feeling about the world around them, through the lens of a book. We can provide you with some resources to make these discussions fun and engaging, and these monthly newsletters will give you tips and tricks to maintain the momentum of a successful book club and help take the stress out of planning.

    How to Help Support the Work of A Mighty Girl

    A Mighty Girl was created by a grassroots wife-husband team as a labor of love but we need your help to maintain the site and provide girl-empowering resources for people worldwide. If members of your book club plan to purchase the books that you'll be reading in your club, please encourage them to do so via the "Buy from Amazon.com" link on every book's A Mighty Girl product page. At no added cost to the buyer, A Mighty Girl receives a small commission from the sale. Continue reading Continue reading

  • We are proud to introduce A Mighty Girl’s new music section!  After receiving requests and suggestions for music for Mighty Girls since the launch of the site, we are pleased to present our initial collection of over 100 songs for all age ranges.  We have included a wide range of genres, and the collection’s recordings span from the 1950s to the present.

    Artists featured include pop favorites like Christina Aguilera, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry; country singers The Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw, and Martina McBride; folk artists like Ani DiFranco, Peggy Seeger, Dar Williams, and the Indigo Girls; and children’s performers like Miss Melodee, Secret Agent 23 Skiddoo, Laurie Berkner, and Butterfly Boucher.

    After browsing our selection, if you decide to purchase an MP3 or album, please help support the work of A Mighty Girl by using the iTunes or Amazon.com link located on each song's A Mighty Girl product page. By doing so, A Mighty Girl receives a small commission of the sale at no added cost to you which helps makes it possible for us to continue adding great new features to the site like our exciting new music section. Continue reading Continue reading

  • We frequently receive questions from people asking for recommendations for specific types of books or movies. In our "Ask A Mighty Girl" feature, we anonymously share select messages that may be of interest to the greater A Mighty Girl community. All messages are shared with the permission of the questioner.


     

    Dear A Mighty Girl,

    I was wondering if you happened to know of any lovely books with a Celtic theme I could share with my little sister? She is eleven and I am fourteen. We recently had some trouble with the other half of our family that is English and they convinced my little sister that she is ugly and should be ashamed for being Welsh. I was hoping you might know of some titles I could read with her to show her how beautiful and noble the Welsh and Celts are in general to help her? I especially want her to learn about our people’s history, the ancient Celts. Many historians see them as warlike and vicious but that cannot be farther from the truth. Our ancestors were beautiful passionate people. They knew how to live life to its fullest and to honour the world around them.

    If there aren’t any Celtic books maybe something then that would help her realize that she is special and beautiful just the way she is? Our daddy helped me so much to understand that but he died last year so I am trying to pass on his wisdom. Our family is half Welsh and half English so at times it causes some friction. Most of our English family are the most lovely and wonderful people you could ever meet but a few for some reason think they are better than anyone else. Continue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl is thrilled to announce the launch of an exciting new special feature – Graphic Novels starring Mighty Girls! This new collection of nearly 60 graphic novels represents one of the largest ever compiled of graphic novels starring girls and women. While these selections will appeal to a wide range of children and youth, many of these novels will especially resonate with girls and young women who are often underrepresented in most graphic novels.

    To learn more about graphic novels as a literary form and for an introduction to several of the novels featured in our collection, Elizabeth Alarid, an A Mighty Girl Research Intern, has prepared the following excellent overview of graphic novels. Please note that the graphic novels in this collection can also be found in the new graphic novel sub-section within A Mighty Girl's fiction section. Continue reading Continue reading

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