A 9 year old female relative received this inspiring book for Christmas;
100 stories of inspiring women role models to underline the message that girls can achieve whatever it is in life they desire.
Most of the examples are uncontentious with wonderful tales of intelligence, tenacity and bravery to achieve outstanding outcomes in various disciplines; Marie Curie, Florence Nightingale, Ada Lovelace, Hypatia, etc.
The authors could be accused of a little padding however, especially as 8% of the heroines they include were queens from history, women who epitomise one of the Left’s favourite insults; unearned privilege by birth.
There seem to be an over-representation of women with “activist” (or synonym) as their title (12%) versus those notable for academic achievements (23%).
However, to ensure balance, it was nice of them to include this surprise addition to the collection;
Although mentioning the abolition of “free” milk presumably softened the blow.
There were two additions which made me chuckle. Firstly, a woman most famous because of her husband’s surname and a remarkable inability to tell the truth or win elections. Not the greatest role model one can think of, certainly not in the top 100;
“To every little girl who dreams big, I say YES, you can be anything you want – even president…. especially if you tell the truth and connect with middle America“.
Even worse is the second example, another person famous only through marriage (creepy picture too);
But lastly, how about this for a confusing message for a young girl;
It’s admirable that the authors of this book inspire girls to not be limited by their imagination. How commendable it is also that they have given the same message to boys; if you want to be a girl, just say you’re a girl. Simple!
After all, in 2015 the most inspiring woman of the year was a man. See, men are better than women at everything…. including being women.