Topic: raising a feminist daughter

I Plan To Tell My Daughter She Can Be Anything She Wants To Be And GoldieBlox Will Provide The Soundtrack

I Plan To Tell My Daughter She Can Be Anything She Wants To Be And GoldieBlox Will Provide The Soundtrack

In my two years as a mother to a daughter, I have found that so many of the “girl” toys look the same (dolls, purses, crafts) while that boys have a range of cars with their tracks, superheros and all their merch, Legos and other building toys. I understand that girls, very generally, tend to prefer imaginative play. But that doesn’t just have to be about baby dolls and princess wands. I want to expose my daughter to as many activities as I can and let her pursue what she loves. Just because we live in a princess culture in the U.S., let’s not underestimate the potential of our girls. More »

I Want My Daughter To Have Lots Of Female Friends Because I Sure Didn’t

I Want My Daughter To Have Lots Of Female Friends Because I Sure Didn't

I can remember thinking that I got along with boys better, I was somehow more comfortable with them because teen girl friendships seemed fraught with all sorts of ickiness – competition for other boys, cattiness regarding other girls and each other, obsessions with appearances and social status and all sorts of other things I just didn’t want to deal with at the time. In retrospect, I’m sure I just felt left out and maybe due to my parent’s divorce I was seeking out boy friendships in order to compensate for the lack of a male figurehead in my life. I don’t know, but I do know that I wish I would have had more girlfriends, and I want to do everything possible in order for my own daughter to have them. More »

I Wouldn’t Buy A Pink Floral Kiss Laptop For My Daughter — Or For Me

I Wouldn't Buy A Pink Floral Kiss Laptop For My Daughter -- Or For Me

When Fujitsu talked about hiring a special team of female engineers to design the computer I got excited. Perhaps they would be among the role models our daughters are looking for in the science and engineering worlds. Perhaps they would build a laptop that addressed our genetically smaller hands or something lightweight for me to add to my already overweight diaper bag. No, it’s just pink. More »