I’ve rewritten the beginning of this post a couple of times trying to figure out the best way to start the conversation without annoying people or scaring them away. The subject is girl power, but not in a negative hate-mongering, man-bashing way. There’s nothing good that can come of that. As the mom of two daughters, I’m constantly stressing that girls can do whatever they set their minds to. Sometimes they just need some encouragement.
Girls need female role models – both real and fictional.
Aside from that, boys should be told they are capable of anything also but also grow up realizing that girls are strong, intelligent and powerful individuals. They aren’t the damsels in distress often depicted in TVs and movies.
Boys need female role models – both real and fictional.
And what better way to introduce kids (and adults) to role models than by integrating them into the normal course of their digital worlds – through Netflix. We’ve uncovered a handful of shows and movies that depict female characters making a positive difference or thriving by overcoming difficulties.
Aside from the movie being fantastic in and of itself, you have to admit that Officer Judy Hopps is pretty awesome. Her character isn’t in your face and the movie is great for, well, everyone.
Do I really need to go into detail about how Alice overcomes diversity? She had an evil queen chasing her and foods that made her grow and shrink. We won’t even go into the details about the fact she wasn’t even in her own world!
Let’s talk about Kimmy for a minute. The poor girl was kidnapped, held in a bunker for years then moved to New York of all places when she finally made it out of the bunker. She found work, friends and meaning for her life. Above all else, she manages to stay positive, even when things are at their worst. Everyone needs role models who always see the glass half-full.
I mentioned that role models need to be both real and fictional and here’s one that fits both those categories: Julie Andrews. If you don’t know the name then you’ve been under a rock. Not knowing about Julie’s Greenroom is excusable though because it’s brand new!
Smart girls as role models? That’s fantastic for young girls. As a bonus, the show focuses on STEM topics! Giving our youth ideas about STEM is key since our future will be filled with jobs requiring this type of critical thinking.
Bring the blocks to life in these digital stories about the adventures of five female friends.
Here are some others to consider:
No matter what you decide to watch, don’t push it as a she-power agenda because that’s not what we want kids growing up to believe. Instead, focus on teaching everyone – both girls and boys – to strive to be their best, be good to everyone and value others for what they are able to contribute to the world around them.
What shows or movies do you think have great female leadership?