5 kick ass role model resources for girls because our girls are brilliant

My little girl has been eschewing all things girlie. She’s trashed pink. But the first week back at school she’s teamed up with three of her classmates and formed a girl gang, swapping sparkly things, telling me she wants to look cute. Super Girl what’s happened? I thought you hated all things girlie and pink? I need inspiration and guidance.  I need some really good kick ass role model resources to show my little girl it isn’t about looks and really and truly she is already is a Super Girl.

I thought we had escaped this phase, but there is just so much pressure for girls to be pretty and be more concerned about their looks than their abilities and achievements.

  • The reality is, the world is unequal
  • Girls are subject to gender stereotyping
  • Girls aren’t being given the same choices as boys in school
  • Girls are bombarded 24/7 with images of how they should look
  • Girls see potential role models judged on their looks and lifestyle, not their achievements

Last year the Girl Guiding UK published research study into the attitudes of girls.

  • A third of seven to ten-year-olds believe they aren’t pretty enough, they should lose weight
  • And over half feel the need to be perfect. And as girls get older, this only get worse

(Source Girls’ Attitude Survey)

 And worse still, a study published in the journal Science found that girls as young as six, believe brilliance is a boy thing! Nooooo! Brilliance is a girl thing too!

5 kick ass role model resources for girls

1. A Mighty Girl

I love A Mighty Girl it is my number one kick ass role model resource for girls. It has an amazing range of books, toys, movies, clothes, to help us raise smart and super confident and empowered girls. A Mightly Girl wants us to know that our girls can be leaders, heroes, major players in whatever they decide to want to do or be.

2. Girl Guiding UK

Girl Guiding UK has been empowering girls for over 100 years. As well as running Rainbow, Brownie and Girl Guiding groups, every year Girl Guiding UK  produces the Girls’ Attitude Survey. It tells the world how girls in the UK think and feel, they run campaigns and advocate for change to happen.

3. Inspiring Women

Launched in October 2013, Inspiring Women gets amazing women from 18-year-old apprentices to CEOs to go into state schools to talk about the jobs they do and how they got there. So far 24,000 women have taken part, their ambition is for 30,000 by the end of 2017.

I think this is fantastic, for girls to hear first hand from women about the range of jobs that are available to them. Take a look at the blog there are some brilliant case studies:

4. The Body Image Movement

Started by Taryn Brumfitt, the Body Image Movement is now an international organisation that challenges the belief that our bodies are just an ornament. The Body Image Movement believes that we have the right to love our body regardless of our size, shape or colour. Taryn has directed Embrace the Kickstarter-funded documentary which explores the issues of body image.

5. Geena Davis Institute On Media

Remember Geena Davis, Thelma from Thelma and Louise?  Gina is now a power player in the film industry, and I like what she is doing. She has formed The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to work with the media and film moguls providing hard data to challenge stereotypes, creating role models and scripting strong female characters. And it looks like it’s working because in 2015 the number of leads played by women rose by 10 per cent. Maybe that’s why we have kick ass characters like Rey in the Star Wars franchise taking the lead character in a big budget film.
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  1. We need more posts like this circulating around the internet. Completely agree with you and I haven’t even heard of some of those resources #sharingthebloglove

    • Thank you! I just love A Mightly Girl – it’s an amazing resource, and who knew the Girls Guides were so kick ass!

  2. This is such a great post! We need more posts like this. I’ve found it so inspiring reading down your list and am definitely going to look at connecting with Inspiring Women from a profession/corporate standpoint to see what I can do and how I can contribute 🙂 Emily #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Brilliant, thank you so much! We really need to reach out to each other, and support our girls!

  3. It’s scary the pressure young girls are under and those stats about 7 year olds makes me feel sick and so sad. I really hope to get my daughter into something like brownies and guides as I think they’re great. #SharingtheBlogLove

    • I know it’s so awful, it’s a combination of peer pressure and media, we just have to teach our girls to be strong, and to really know their own minds.

  4. Love this, thank you for putting it together. I have two girls and they love their dressing up, being princesses and wearing pretty clothes. So far I haven’t heard the words that I’m not pretty enough, and I really hope I don’t. I want to make sure they grow up well rounded confident girls that know who they are. I will definitely be checking out these resources. #sharingthebloglove

    • Thank you. It’s tough, peer pressure and the media contribute so we need to do our best to raise confident girls!

  5. It’s so important that we show role models to girls, and also show our daughter’s that we work and have just as many rights as men do. My daughter is only 18 months and I’m already thinking how I keep her confident that she can do anything she wants to do. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    • That’s fantastic, we really have to instill our girls with confidence.

  6. Utterly brilliant, I really appreciate these resources, with 2 girls I am doing all I can to raise confident, strong women and teach my son to resect himself as well as women. #SharingTheBlogLove

    • Thank you, and that’s great, I’m exactly the same, confidence and respect for each other.

  7. Some great resources here! I have two boys but I believe they also need to be educated at a young age that girls can do the same things as boys. I think this is so important!

    Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back again on Sunday
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    • I completely agree, we need to ensure boys know that girls are equal to them, and yes it has to start young!

  8. I haven’t heard of any of these organizations before!!! Thanks for sharing them. I’ll take a closer look I wonder if previous generations felt the same but never voiced these issues or if we have created them…. #KCACOLS

    • Thank you. I really do love A Mighty Girl, it’s an amazing resource.

    • Thank you so much, as a mother of a young girl, I completely agree.

  9. Some great resources here. 🙂 Encouraging girls to be confident and believe they can do anything they set their minds too is so hard but so important as well. It’s important to pass the right values onto boys as well. I hear some of the school boys on the bus talking about girls and cringe. #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Thank you and yes you are so right, we have to address these issues with our boys to!

  10. My daughter is almost 12 and body image is a big thing. I try to instill in her that she is amazing as she is and not to worry what others think. Girls are so influenced by the media, there should be more great role models for them.

    • It’s so hard, the peer pressure at that age is enormous, you’re doing great raising your confident girl.

  11. Great list – my niece is starting to throw off the pink and girly stuff now and find herself. I was never very girly growing up. #kcacols

  12. What a great list of resources. I find the pressure on girls these days to be really worrying – it was bad enough when I was growing up, but seems so much worse now, and at a much younger age. As a mother of a boy, I think we have a duty to educate our sons to view girls as equally strong and powerful as boys. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
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    • Thank you, Katy. You are right about educating our boys too. I remember that peer pressure when I was young, it’s was a nightmare.

    • So true, our girls just have to keep on fighting and break more glass ceilings!

  13. Body image amongst girls is a subject I am passionate about and have written about previously. My daughter is a member of the Girl Guides currently and started out in Brownies. It is fantastic for addressing these issues and getting girls to think about other things other than their looks. #fortheloveofBLOG

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  15. Fabulous advice. I totally agree that we need to teach both boys and girls that everyone is equal. And as a mum of boys, that will be something I take very seriously. I don’t envy mums of girls as it sometimes seems so much harder for little girls to navigate their early years, with so much emphasis on physical appearance and fitting in. All we can do as parents is provide role model figures and teach them the best we can!

    • Thank you. I agree, we need to educate boys as well as girls about equality, and never more so than now.

  16. These are interesting resources that I hadn’t thought of. I have boys but they need to be taught just as much that girls aren’t weak pink princesses. It can be difficult to teach our kids because they learn these stereotypes from their friends at school. #kcacols

    • I have a little boy too, and I absolutely agree, girls are only one half of the education, boys need educating too!

  17. It’s sad that girls still have to fight for equality. Some great resources here I’m going to send for my grand-daughter

    • Yes it is really hard that girls and women have to be hard to be seen as and treated as equals. We need to start the fight early and educate our sons!

    • I completely agree, I have a little girl who I am trying to bring up to challenge the status quo and resources like this are a great help.

  18. Gosh as a Mother of girls this makes me feel sad. My eldest turns 7 this year and it is scary that she could be worrying about how she looks. Great post. #sharingthebloglove

    • This is how I feel, it’s worrying that there is so much external pressure on our girls to fit a certain stereotype.

    • Thank you! It’s so sad that we still have to bolster up our girls, and yes Geena is queen!

  19. Loved this, such fantastic advice for parents raising girls. I’ll be bookmarking this and using the resources. Thanks for sharing!

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