EIGHTY-FOUR

THIS POST IS IN CELEBRATION OF STRONG WOMEN.  Many of my favorite posts on FB come from a group called A Mighty Girl - if you aren't following them you really should.  The post information about some amazing women around the world.

Here are a couple of my favorite stories:

1.  During World War I, a group of female artists became part of the Camouflage Corps.  Their job was to create the most believable camouflage possible.  I love that.  Artists employed to protect soldiers.  They guy in charge of them insisted that every woman be trained the same way any soldier would be so that they could completely understand what was needed to keep all soldiers safe.

2.  Danica McKeller
The former star of the Wonder Years went on to study mathematics.  If you've got a girl in middle school - high school, you definitely want to check out her AWESOME books on math.  Math Doesn't Suck  is so entertaining that sometimes I forget it is actually a math book.  She also has Girls Get Curves (Geometry) and The X Factor (Algebra).  Her books are targeted for girls and have a unique approach to teaching some pretty complicated math concepts.

3.They feature Wonder Woman a lot.  The Girl and I love Wonder Woman.  The Girl would be quick to point out that Wonder Woman is the ONLY female super hero who does NOT need to be rescued by a boy super hero, and in fact she FREQUENTLY has to rescue her somewhat helpless boyfriend who is a trained soldier.  Girl power on POINT.

4.  There was a great story a few weeks back about three dutch sisters who worked as spies during World War II.  The youngest of them was just 14 at the time.  They would flirt with the German soldiers and then convince them to meet them on the outskirts of town, where a group of resistence fighters would capture them.  

5.  Fannie Lou Hamer, a civil rights activist who was badly beaten after being arrested for daring to eat lunch in a diner.  She walked with a limp the rest of her life because of it, but it did not stop her.  She is most famous for delivering the lines, "I am sick and tired of being sick and tired."

I love this page because it not only celebrates some of the heavy hitters in the world: Madam Curie, Maya Angelou, Malala Yousafazi.  It also tells stories of women who you may have never heard of.  It also celebrates those ordinary moments when like a dad who dresses as Princess Leia because his daughter wants her costume to be Han Solo or a remote village that plants 111 trees every time a girl is born to their tribe. 

Every year during October, A Mighty Girl also features some pretty awesome costume alternatives for girls.  They are fairly impressive.  If you would rather your daughter NOT dress as a slutty cowgirl.  I recommend you check it out for yourself.

 

Here's to strong women everywhere:
May we know them.
May we be them.
May we raise them.

--Jen