Multicultural Books, Toys and Greetings that Celebrate Women's Equality

It's Women's Equality Day, an official reminder of the progress our nation has made when it comes to the treatment of women, and an opportunity to commit ourselves to the unfinished work in the fight for full equality. Despite significant progress, we still have a long journey ahead of us. Sadly, gender-biases that perpetuate inequality are still everyday occurrences at home, in schools and communities and in the workplace.

There's no doubt our children will inherit the continued fight for women's equality.

As a mom, to a now six year old girl this fight has become even more important - and personal. Only a few months ago after leaving the playground my young daughter had these questions:

"Mommy, can a girl be President?"

"I like blue, but my friends keep saying that's a "boy" color. I can like any color I want, right?"

 I want her to know for sure, that she is uniquely created for a special purpose - and gender should never be a barrier to fulfilling her divine calling. And because we think empowering our children to become the change they need  begins at home,  it's only fitting that we share some of our favorite books and toys that celebrate girls for who they are and instill messages of inner beauty, self -love, radiance, courage and strength.

Here's our short list:

I Know I Can

Written by Veronica N. Chapman is the story of a young girl, Faith, who takes us through her dreams of traveling the world and meeting important figures in history, such as, Nina Simone. Faith encourages young girls to dream and work hard.  

 

Her Stories

A classic collection of twenty-five African-American folktales focuses on strong female characters by Virginia Hamilton.

 

I Am Malala and Malala Yousafzai - Warrior With Words

I am Malala and Malala Yousafzai - warrior with words tell the story of a brave young girl who stood up for a girl's right to education.

 

 Frida

A beautiful lesson in turning challenges into opportunities.

Frida, written by Jonah Winter is the story of Mexican Painter Frida Kahlo who time and time again turned the challenges of her life into art.

 

The Name Jar

The Name Jar, by Xangsook tells the story of a young girl, Unhei , relocated to America from Korea. Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a name by the following week.  The Name Jar is a beautiful story of tolerance and courage.

 

 Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

An African Tale suitable for all children, written by John Steptoe.

Mufaro's two beautiful girls who react in different ways to the king's search for a wife - one is aggressive and selfish, the other kind and dignified. The king takes on disguises to learn the true nature of both girls and of course chooses Nyasha, the kind and generous daughter, to be his queen.

 

 Harlem's Little Blackbird

Written by Renee Watson, Harlem's Little Blackbird is the story of a young girl born to parents who were former-slaves uses her gift of singing to become the change she needed and in turn changed lives.

 Florence's dancing and singing catapulted her all the way to the stages of 1920s Broadway where she inspired songs and even entire plays! Yet with all this success, she knew firsthand how bigotry shaped her world. And when she was offered the role of a lifetime from Ziegfeld himself, she chose to support all-black musicals instead.

 

SuperMommy

This brilliant picture book, by Crystal Swain-Bates pays homage to single-moms who do it all.

Supermommy tells the story of a single mother's seemingly supernatural ability to care for her children, at least in her daughter Miadora's eyes as she attempts to showcase her "Supermommy" at her school's show and tell. This book is great for children in single-parent homes as well as to teach diversity in family households.

 

Queen of the Scene

Watch out boys, the Queen is on the scene!  She loves sports -   B-ball, stickball, jump rope, soccer, you name it. Queen Latifah, the Grammy Award-winning First Lady of Hip-Hop, teams up with the Coretta Scott King New Talent Award-winning artist Frank Morrison in a celebration of spirit and pride

 

 Disney Doc McStuffins 21" Plush Cuddle Pillow Doll

Every girl doesn't want to be a princess. Disney Doc McStuffins Doll is a nurturing 6-year-old girl who cares for stuffed animals and toys in her playhouse clinic. When she puts on her stethoscope, something magical happens -- toys, dolls and stuffed animals come to life and she can communicate with them. Like any good doctor, Doc has assistants helping her at her clinic.

 

 Birthday Greeting Card

"Little Princess you are simply beautiful on the inside and out..." simple but powerful message that every little girl needs to hear.

 

These products and more can be found in our marketplace at www.littleproudkid.com

 

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A place to celebrate all people… one people. We focus on bringing an array of multicultural toys, books, resources and more to help you teach and celebrate the uniqueness in each and every child.

August 26, 2016 by Georgia Lobban
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