As Women’s Month draws to a close we want to encourage families to continue talking about and advocating for Women’s Rights at work AND at home.
BIG topics like ‘Women’s Rights’ are more approachable with a good story and metaphor to beautifully illustrate the problem. BIG solutions are also more easily reached with ‘application’ questions after the story. So here are our top 5 stories to listen to and watch as a family all about Women’s Rights along with some good application questions to ask after the stories. Youtube links to the story readings have been included so you can ‘read’ them right now!
WARNING: these stories will challenge gender inequality and will inspire girl power in your home!
1. Grace for President– Written by Kelly DiPucchio and Illustrated by Leuyen Pham
A school history lesson is ‘sabotaged’ by hereon, Grace who realizes that her country has never had a female president! Grace bravely challenges this damaging narrative in her own school where she battles the popular, ‘Thomas Cobb’. Despite history telling Grace that, ‘Thomas is the ‘Right man for the job’, she perseveres proving that girls can and should ‘run the world’.
2. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls- Written by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, Illustrated by Various
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls provides you with 100 Real Life Stories of SHEroes from all over the world, who’s rebellion resulted in a more equal society for women today. These bit sized stories, beautifully illustrated for women by women, help us name and fame the female advocates of the past. It also helps us think like advocates ourselves, identifying and brainstorming solutions to human rights issues still to be resolved. It’s the history book that should be included in all school’s history curriculum.
3. Dancing in the Wings– Written by Debbie Allen and Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
This story is about doing what you love despite society telling you that you are ‘too different’ to achieve it. It follows the life of hereon, ‘Sassy’, who not only has to fight off the discouragements of others to reach her dream of becoming a famous ballerina, but her own self-doubt too. This book is a must read for all girls teaching us to keep our inner critic in-check, straighten our crown and carry on!
4. Malala Yousafzai, Warrior with Words– Written by Karen Leggett Abouraya and Illustrated by L.C Wheatley
This story really does prove that you are never too young to make a difference! At the tender age of 16, Malala bravely stood in front of the United Nations advocating for the right to education for all children. She did this, knowing that in her own country Pakistan, it was illegal for girls to be educated. Malala was ridiculed, alienated and even shot for defying the Pakistani law. But, she would not be silenced. After recovering from her injuries, Malala was right back in front of the United Nations advocating for the rights of the girl-child once again!
5. The Paperbag Princess- Written by Robert Munsch and Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
We all know the story of the princess stuck in the tower, guarded by the dragon who was rescued by the prince. But have you read the story about the princess liberating herself? That’s right, girls don’t always need a boy to rescue them, girls can free themselves and even rescue the ‘knight in shining armour’ too. Read all about Princess Elizabeth’s rescue mission in ‘The Paperbag Princess’!
- What did you learn from the story?
- Who is your favorite hereon and why?
- Have you experienced any of the inequality that the characters in the story experienced?
- What is something you want to fix or change in the world?
- What would your presidential campaign slogan be?
- What negative thoughts do you have about yourself? How can you challenge and correct those thoughts to be positive?
- What negative things do people say about you? How can you ignore and thrive despite the negativity of others?
- Is there a difficult situation that you need rescuing from? How can you brainstorm and problem solve your way out of the problem all on your own?
- The girls in the stories used their gifts and talents to change the world- what are you good at and how can you use those gifts and talents to make our world a better place?
- Let’s research some human rights that are still not being practiced. Which of the researched human rights do you think still needs to be implemented fairly? Think of ways big and small that you can implement those human rights.