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)
5 kick ass role model resources for girls
1. A Mighty Girl
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:
- Annemarie Nicolson, design engineer Dyson
- Collette Gibson, train driver, GWR
- Joanne Jackson, Olympic swimmer
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.