Seeing Ourselves: Good News for Girls



How We See Ourselves

“You don’t have to have pink toys if you’re a girl … That was the olden days. Now it’s 2014. Catch up, people.” How Girls Really Feel about Gender Roles and the Rise of Pro-Female Advertising

Marvel Comics catches up with Kamala Kahn: Muslim, girl, superhero.

Katie Driscoll, a photographer, didn’t see girls like her daughter (born with Down syndrome) in media advertising. She set out to show the ad world what they have been missing.

For 30 days, Denise Jolly set out to redefine beauty with her “Be Beautiful” project. Public. Bold. And for her, utterly transforming.

Hallowe’en is over for this year, but couldn’t help celebrating Girls Will Be Stereotype-Free Costumes.

“What I know is this: I’m loved. I’m empowered. I’m not hiding anymore.” Leigh Kramer’s  A Love Letter to Myself

Dress Mavens was founded to help women feel comfortable in their own skin so they can forget size, and focus on fit. Along the way they found something they didn’t even know existed, a group of women searching for body acceptance.”

Hailey Bartholomew’s life-changing 365 grateful project.

When we were growing up, we spent lots of time with people of all ages. Every summer, as I’ve mentioned a bunch, we’d go to my grandparents’ house in Cornwall, England, and spend a month hanging out with all kinds of people, young and old. You quickly realize that some of your all-time favorite people in the world are wrinkly old women or men like my grandfather, and that beauty can be fun and frivolous, but at the end of the day, you love who you love. Once you get to know people, you forget about outward appearances and see them like a child would—their essence.” -Joanna Goddard

The give-away is over, but I loved Sarah Bessey’s introduction to Michelle DeRusha’s book: 50 Women Every Christians Should Know.

Extraordinary Women!

“Q:What was your reaction when you sold your first painting at 89?  

A: I was never bitter. I always wished others well. I thought maybe the market would be corrupting. Without commercial success you can do what you want to do. There is freedom to be working alone. But, oh, when my work began to sell! I thought, Damn it, it’s about time!” –Carmen Herrera, painter, 99 years old (lots of other amazing folks over 80 too!)

Jerrie Mock was the first woman to fly around the globe solo in 1964. Yeah, I didn’t know either.

A huge shout out to Ms. Elizabeth, who poured out love in simple, extravagant ways.


Image credit: Jack Fussell