This year I have been inspired by so many rebel girls – writers, politicians, activists, actresses… There’s a reason why ‘feminism’ is Merriam-Webster dictionary’s word of the year and why a group of brave women have been named as Time’s ‘person’ of the year.
It really is the year of the women. Unfortunately, these stories are the result of some pretty horrific actions but the fact that these voices are finally being heard and that people are realising their actions really do have consequences just goes to show how far we’ve come.
Young girls now have role models beyond your typical Disney princess or teeny bopper pop star. They’re realising that they can do and be anything.
Women have been making names for themselves in the world of science, anthropology, literature and politics for centuries and now, thanks to the team behind Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, mini rebel girls can learn about hundreds of women who have made a difference in the world. Women who literally fought for what they believed in. Women who paved the way for future generations. Women who never gave up.
Luke bought me Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls for my birthday and I devoured it on the bus the other day. The illustrations are stunning and the stories are a simple one-page outline of the women’s lives but it’s enough to convey the impact they’ve had.
The first volume is packed with one hundred stories of incredible women from a variety of backgrounds. They’re from all over the world and across the ages, featuring ancient leaders, classic literary writers, modern politicians and young sporting talents.
I hadn’t heard of a good number of these women before and some stories even almost moved me to actual tears. I genuinely believe that gifting this book to a child could have the power to change their life, encouraging them to dream that bit bigger and aim that bit higher.
So many young girls grow up thinking that they can’t do something because of their gender and this is one of the most inspiring and empowering books I’ve ever read. There’s even space at the end of the book for the reader to add their own story and illustration.
And that’s not all – there’s a second volume*!
Of course there are more than one hundred women who have helped shape history and led the way in the world of culture, sport, medicine and business.
The second volume is packed with more inspiring stories and tales of triumph over adversity. Women who went against the grain and made a difference in the lives of others. Women who pushed themselves to the extreme. Women who defied others when they were told they couldn’t or shouldn’t do what they set out to achieve.
These are the women we should be looking to for inspiration. These are the stories we should be sharing with our children. In fact, these are the stories I’ll be sharing with my son as he grows up.
Here’s to the rebels. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.
*I was sent a copy of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Volume 2 for review purposes and all thoughts are my own