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Samantha Turnbull Writer, mother, anti-princess

Brave Girls Want

My words on a Times Square billboard

You may recall a post of mine a few months back about a crowd-funding campaign being run by the Brave Girls Alliance.

The alliance was sourcing donations so it could rent a billboard in Times Square to display a load of tweets with the hashtag BraveGirlsWant.

The good news is, they raised the $25,000 they needed to rent the billboard over seven days.

Like most crowd-funding campaigns, if you donated a substantial sum there were rewards.

I was one of the donors, and my reward was to have eight tweets displayed on the billboard – how cool is that?!

If you’re in Times Square between October 11 and 17, you can see the billboard in person. If not, here’s what I submitted:

1) #BraveGirlsWant to be valued for more than what they see in the mirror @sammyturnbull

2) #BraveGirlsWant to see bookshelves lined with more than just fairytales about damsels in distress @sammyturnbull

3) #BraveGirlsWant to enjoy their childhood. Stop rushing them. They will be adults soon enough. @sammyturnbull

4) #BraveGirlsWant choices – beyond pink, beyond princesses, beyond make-up, beyond fashion, beyond fairies @sammyturnbull

5) #BraveGirlsWant to never have to resort to the desperate antics of Miley Cyrus to get attention @sammyturnbull

6) #BraveGirlsWant to celebrate what their bodies can do – run, swim, climb, dance – not how they look @sammyturnbull

7) #BraveGirlsWant parents who don’t give in to the pink, princessy marketing machine – help your daughters be unique! @sammyturnbull

8) #BraveGirlsWant everything brave boys want. There’s no difference. The end. @sammyturnbull

Brave Girls Want

4 responses to “My words on a Times Square billboard”

  1. […] a billboard in Times Square and broadcasting tweets with the hashtag #bravegirlswant. A few of my own messages […]

  2. Katie Calvert says:

    Hi Sam
    This is awesome! I’m really enjoying your blog.
    We are aiming to raise Matilda in a way that gives little attention to stereotypes and consumerism. So far she is still princess free. I find it funny that there are a few people in our lives who think it’s strange that her room is decorated with fish, that she has a little spiderman couch,that she has a bucket load of toys made out of cardboard boxes rather than pink plastic crap etc etc. I’m also baffled at how many people have said to me that little girls are quiet and placid compared to little boys. Matilda is super adventurous, spirited and definitely not quite and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
    Nice one on such an interesting blog, and on your cool little family!
    Cheers, Katie

  3. David Lowe says:

    This is great! Congratulations!

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