Jumping on my soapbox to say that slapping pink and glitter on something does not suddenly make it fit for girls.
But at the same time, I am thrilled to see so many more toys, gear, and books that celebrate strong girls and women. It’s about time, right? Now there’s more than enough selection to pick a nice, empowering gift:
Even babies can make a statement with this unisex “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like” onesie. Available in sizes 6 months to 24 months, you can pick one up in every size.
And once your baby outgrows onesies, graduate to this “Wild Feminist” T-shirt.
This round, 500-piece jigsaw puzzle captures the spirit of the Women’s March. A multicultural crowd of protesters, with famous figures such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg tucked in, hold signs such as “Fight Like a Girl,” “Black Lives Matter,” and “Hate Has No Home Here.” A quote by Gloria Steinem frames this Women’s March jigsaw puzzle.
How awesome is this Women of NASA LEGO set? When completed, the 231-piece set features Sally Ride and Mae Jamison with a launchpad and Space Shuttle Challenger, Margaret Hamilton with a stack of books representing the code she wrote for the Apollo Project, and Nancy Grace Roman with the Hubble Space Telescope.
Add some girl power to your refrigerator with these cute and inspiring Little Feminist magnets. A collection of 20 magnets, it includes illustrations of Maya Angelou, Harriet Tubman, Billie Jean King, and Indira Gandhi.
Speaking of books, there are so many awesome girl empowerment books that I can’t list all of my favorites, but a recently published one is Go, Girls, Go!
It’s always driven me nuts that boys star in most of the “things that go” picture books. Finally, girls are at the center of the action in Go, Girls, Go!
There is also no shortage of board books highlighting persistent girls, so here are only three:
This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Power Primer features a collection of real, inspiring, and diverse women.
See illustrations of famous women as babies before they grew up to become Frida Kahlo, Yoko Ono, and Michelle Obama in Baby Feminist.