I have watched the new Wonder Woman trailer at least 5 times. My Daughter? I think she just considers it an activity she must do hourly. “Get up, stretch, drink water, watch trailer, kick ass and take names.” I can hardly blame her. When I was little, we had Jem, Sheera, Xena, Buffy, and I loved all of them. I came after the immortal island lady, and before Emily the Strange. Nevertheless, I loved the heroes I had. Especially Buffy. Ok, and Giles. I really, really, loved Giles. OH! And Willow. MOVING ON! I want her to be inspired by these fictional wonders, but I also want her to know that there are everyday heroes out there that deserve just as much, if not more attention. So I’ve made a list of Ten Books to Inspire the Next Wonder Woman. Because we all have in us the power to do great things and accomplish more than we ever thought possible, and I want our daughters to know that.
Recently, my daughter made a terrifying statement. When we were talking about jobs and the future, I told her she could be whatever it is she wanted to be…even the president. She looked at me, and with the knowledge of only what she’s witnessed in her 5 years on this earth told me that it wasn’t possible. “Because, Momma, even when we win, we lose.” It was like a knife to the gut. I told her that we just have to keep fighting, especially when it seems impossible. And she will.
And she will not be underestimated–unless she wants to be. She is a tricky beastie. So cute to be so utterly devious. Ahhh, my pride is much and my heart is full. She’ll smash the patriarchy with her guileless face and iron claw.
Without further ado…
Ten Books to Inspire the Next Wonder Woman
Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World
by Cynthia Chin-Lee (Author), Megan Halsey (Illustrator), Sean Addy (Illustrator)
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
by Debbie Levy (Author), Elizabeth Baddeley (Illustrator)
by Duncan Tonatiuh
by Elena Favilli (Author), Francesca Cavallo (Author)
A is for Activist
by Innosanto Nagara
by Kate Schatz (Author), Miriam Klein Stahl (Illustrator)
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist
by Cynthia Levinson (Author), Vanessa Brantley Newton (Illustrator)
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx / La juez que crecio en el Bronx
by Jonah Winter (Author), Edel Rodriguez (Illustrator)
Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words
by Karen Leggett Abouraya (Author), L. C. Wheatley (Illustrator)
And a Bonus! (one to grow on!)
Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women
by Catherine Thimmesh (Author), Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)