I’ve had a few inquiries lately asking for advice on good girl empowerment-themed websites/blogs .
Here’s 10 of my top picks in no particular order (ie they’re all great.)
1) A Mighty Girl – this is very much consumer-driven, but it’s an absolute treasure trove of products that don’t perpetuate girly stereotypes.
The creators say it’s ‘the world’s largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls.’
The only downside is, if you’re in Australia like me, a lot of the stuff comes from OS, so you can end up paying a lot in postage.
2) Toward the Stars – A very similar concept to A Mighty Girl. The creators call themselves the ‘world’s largest marketplace for empowering gifts for girls.’
Toward the Stars also list products under the categories ‘counters stereotypes,’ ‘gender neutral,’ ‘environmentally friendly,’ and ‘supports a community.’
3) The Representation Project was borne out of the film Miss Representation (if you haven’t seen it, do it).
In their words, the Representation Project ‘uses film and media content to expose injustices created by gender stereotypes and to shift people’s consciousness towards change.’
The website is full of info and the blog is great. I recently signed up to become a Rep. Watch this space.
4) Peggy Orenstein – the author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture.
When people ask me why I don’t like the princess thing, I refer them to Orenstein’s book. It’s very good… and scary.
I love this crit from the Boston Globe: “A teenager’s precocious vampiness may seem different from a preschooler’s innocent pink high heels and tiara, but Orenstein argues that both reflect a disturbing trend of self-objectification, a desire for beauty as defined by others, driven by a media and marketing machine that ‘tells girls that how you look is more important than how you feel.’”
She also has an entertaining blog and I particularly liked this post called Disney Princesses: The Gateway Drug. Yup.
5) Half the Sky Movement – In the blur of my first year of motherhood I didn’t have time for much reading. Thankfully, I did manage to devour Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s Half the Sky – a book that highlights the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.
The movement brings together a range of media platforms to raise awareness of women’s issues and provide concrete steps to empower women.
6) The Girl Effect – The first time I saw the above video clip for The Girl Effect, I shed a tear.
It’s similar to the Half the Sky movement, in that its creators believe by empowering girls in the developing world we can pull entire populations out of poverty.
In their words: “it’s about leveraging the unique potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves, their families, their communities, their countries and the world.”
7) Smart Girls at the Party – When I was growing up, it just wasn’t cool to be smart. If I had a time machine, I’d love to go back and tell myself to just be myself.
SGATP say: “Our aim is to help young women and the young at heart with the process of cultivating their authentic selves.”
I’ve blogged about it already here, but you should really just check it out. Like, now.
8) Beauty Redefined – I probably share Beauty Redefined’s Facebook posts more than any other page.
It’s a a non-profit organisation working to help people recognise and reject harmful messages about beauty and health.
And we all know how much it sucks to live in shame about our appearance because we don’t look the way the media tells us we should.
9) She Heroes – I was saying ‘shero’ before I found this site, but ‘she hero’ works too.
If you can’t see it, you can’t be it – right?
Well, She Heroes features stories about heaps of inspiring women with the aim of empowering girls ‘to dream big, explore their interests and passionately pursue careers in any field regardless of gender.’
10) Princess Free Zone – I only recently came across this site, but the creator Michelle Yulo and I seem to be kindred spirits.
She’s an American mum who was inspired by her daughter to write a book for children and create a blog that celebrates the fact that not all girls are the same.
There are also a few cool t-shirts and other goodies for sale on her site. We were given the scootersaurus shirt a while back. It’s very cool.
* Do you have any sites you’d like to add to the list? Leave a comment below!