Positive role models for young girls – gender equality from a young age.

Raise your hands if you have kids. Now raise them if you have a daughter(s).

I did not raise mine to any of that, but being a kid at heart and still remembering my childhood well, I thought I would share my find of the day.

Someone shared a video on my facebook – it featured a little cartoon showing the story of Cinderella but with reversed genders…he was Cindefella, which I thought was rather clever 😀 And the short video ended with “You would not read this to your son…so why do we read it to our daughters?”

So they created an alternative. The book is called Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo. It features various stories of inspiration women..for kids.

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The idea they address is the image that gets thrown at young girls constantly in stories is that they need to wait around to be saved by something or someone.

To be fair…I never actually liked Cinderella as even as a kid I thought that she doesn`t really do much besides sit around waiting to be saved, but then again, I was a fussy kid that liked Belle and her reading habits (other flaws of that story aside) and Jasmine who just told everyone to stuff it, basically 😀

Granted, we are seeing some improvement with girls-stories when it comes to Disney with characters like Tiana and Moana, for example.

I, as of yet, have not read this book, but I thought the idea was so amazing, I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of this for both myself and any future kids I might have.

So what do you think about this idea? Do you agree that classic stories feature way too many damsels in distress and not enough heroines for young girls (and boys) to look up to?

Would you read it to your kid(s) and why/why not?

Let me know your thoughts, especially if you are an actual parent..or just a kid at heart like me 😉

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