IT’S A GIRL!
My daughter started watching a new show on PBS Kids called Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. In case you’ve never watched, it’s very cute and educational. It’s probably geared towards kids older than 3.5 years old, but it keeps her interest and I love the message. It is based on the book series Ordinary People Can Change the World and at the end of every episode they say, “(insert famous person’s name) was a kid just like you. Kids can change the world!”
From the moment we find out we are expecting, we all have dreams for our kids. We want them to grow up to be kind and to work hard. We want them to pursue their dreams and be “successful”, whatever that means. But man, what if our kids do change the world? I wonder if Kamala Harris’ mother, a hard working immigrant with biracial children, ever dreamed her daughter would literally change the world. I’m sure she had fears about the way her children would be treated and accepted in society. I’m sure, like all of us, she did everything in her power to show her daughters that they could be anything they wanted to be and that they deserved to be treated fairly and respected. I can’t even imagine the overwhelming pride and joy she would be feeling today watching her daughter be inaugurated as the first ever female Vice President of the United States. She is changing the world.
“She is giving every little girl permission to change the world, too.”
There are so many stereotypes our girls fall into (many of them listed above) and while there is absolutely nothing wrong with girls loving any and all of those things, there is also nothing wrong with them loving trucks, sports, dinosaurs, dirt, and power. It is essential that we give our girls permission to be what and who they are, whatever that may be. Kamala Harris isn’t just changing the world today; she is giving every little girl permission to change the world, too.
Note from the Editor: While CMC remains committed to not being overtly political, we are so excited for what Inauguration Day January 20, 2021 means for our daughters in this country and especially our daughters of color.