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Today’s Little Girl is Tomorrow’s Grown Woman

I love little girls. Maybe that has something to do with being an adult woman now, former little girl, myself. Girls these days are speaking up at younger and younger ages calling out inequalities they see and they are making their complainants known!

I dig it.

Women rights, equality, and everything else related to this gender, have come a long way, and it’s great to see new progresses that have come about in my less than thirty years of life as well. Ladies of all ages are walking down trails paved by those before us with their trials, tribulations and successes.

Helen Reddy sang in the  early 1970 on her  hit, “ I Am Woman”,  about being a woman and hearing her roar.

Being a woman means a lot of things, to a lot of people, its definition interpreted in a lot of ways. I don’t think there is a single definition, nor should we be trying to create one because we all as humans are complex, diverse, have different motivations, desires and are beautiful. I like seeing the nurturing of that with both genders.

I like seeing successful Kickstarter projects like GoldieBlox, created by Debbie Sterling, a Stanford-educated engineer, who aims to change book and construction toys created for young girls.

 “Sterling studied product design in Stanford’s mechanical engineering department, where she found herself the odd woman out. “l’ve always been obsessed with entering into male dominated fields, and I’d always find myself working on projects in engineering with all guys,” she says.”

Let’s get girls excited about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

“It’s a great climate to introduce GoldieBlox,” she says. “Even if it had come out five years ago, I don’t think it would get as much excitement as it is now.”

Source: Fast Co.exist

I like seeing people talking. Yes talk can be cheap without action, but this isn’t a chicken or the egg  what -happens-first, type of thing. Without communication first, action doesn’t happen. It does go in that order.

Today I had the pleasure of reading about Irish writer Jennifer O’Connell’s six-year old daughter who is challenging Hasbro, creators of the board game “Guess Who?”  The mother daughter duo took to the game manufacturer’s AskHasbro section of their website, and emailed the following,

“My name is R______. I am six years old. I think it’s not fair to only have 5 girls in Guess Who and 19 boys. It is not only boys who are important, girls are important too. If grown ups get into thinking that girls are not important they won’t give little girls much care.

“Also if girls want to be a girl in Guess Who they’ll always lose against a boy, and it will be harder for them to win. I am cross about that and if you don’t fix it soon, my mum could throw Guess Who out.

“My mum typed this message but I told her what to say.”

I loved that game as a kid, and I honestly remember as a little Maggie thinking, I don’t want to be a girl—I’ll lose! (At the game at least.) Even in the context of playing a game, little girls should never being saying sentences like that.

To read more about Harbro’s response: http://www.byjenniferoconnell.com/2012/11/update-response-from-hasbro.html

I may not walk around complaining about the lack of men opening doors, nor do I slap a feminist label on myself. I read Bitch Media, Marie Claire, and Darling Magazine. I am a supporter of the rights and equality of women. I think it’s a privilege to be this gender.

Cake sang in their song Short Skirt Long Jacket, about wanting “a girl with a mind like a diamond” and “who uses a machete to cut through red tape”.

I like little girls because they grow up to be women. And we’re evolving all that goes with that definition.

 

Photo Credit: Guess Who? Harbro. Two girls on feature image, property of me, Margaret Barnes

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About maggie.

Maggie Barnes is a nonprofit and for profit business content specialist / social media consultant; and social sciences web writer interested in everything from psychology and sexuality, to technology, race, and economics. She is passionate about good communication and information accessibility.

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