Early Empowerment

Posted on Thursday February 23

Last week we received a 6 slide powerpoint presentation from our nearly 9 year old presenting her case for a Kentucky Spring Break trip with her BFFs grandmother.

We weren’t sure if we should be scared or proud.

Here is slide 1 ~

Empowering girls, Miss Representation

The next day, I saw Miss Representation, the documentary by Jennifer Siebel Newsom exploring “how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.” 

The enormity of the situation presented in the film is heavy. It “exposes how American youth are being sold the concept that women and girls’ value lies in their youth, beauty and sexuality” and examines the effect this has on all ages & genders. The film encourages viewers to be part of the solution with specific calls to action. Your heart rate goes up while tears go down your cheeks. It is a must see leaving you with a must do feeling.

*Learn more about the movement and find a screening near you here. Gather a group – you’ll want to download together afterward.

As I lay in bed the night of the film, I couldn’t sleep thinking about all I must do with what I learned.

Must be sure to tell girls how smart they are more often they how cute they look.

Must stop reading celebrity crap.

Must make sure our son knows the definition of a successful woman does not include bra size.

Must allow kids to make empowering decisions.

And just as I was falling asleep ~

Must let Hudson go to Kentucky.

Smartly planned (powerpoint slide 3 addressed the “how” & slide 6 the “why”), our naturally cautious girl is already seeking empowering experiences.

We must not let the voices around her change that. It won’t be easy and it will take the village, but isn’t that true of all things that matter?

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