October 2, 2018
It’s Great Books Week and here at GoldieBlox we think one proper way to celebrate is to highlight our favorite female characters that inspire girls to be exactly who they were meant to be.
The characters we have picked can inspire confidence, play, creativity, and imagination! Books are a powerful tool into a world of endless possibilities, which is exactly the way it should be.
Matilda | Gets girls thinking creatively & outside of the box
Let’s start with the classic, Matilda. She’s a playful 5-year-old girl who is neglected by her parents and has unusual telekinesis powers. Her mischievous ways tend to get her in trouble, but Matilda gets girls thinking creatively and outside of the box. It’s refreshing to see a girl “up to no good” who isn’t afraid to create chaos – a role that is usually taken by the boys. Plus Matilda uses her powers for good, to defend herself and others against teachers and her parents.
Mya Tibbs | Representation matters
This is one of those books where representation matters, to the extreme. Characters like Romona and Clementine have so much to offer, however, those characters and those storylines are less represented for African-Americans, until Mya. She is a typical nine-year-old girl who loves her family and friends, yet she symbolizes acceptance and inclusion.
Pippi Longstocking | Defying societal standards
Personally this character holds a dear spot in my heart. Pippi Longstocking was a huge role model for me in fourth grade that I dressed up as her for Halloween. Pippi is unconventional and embraces her differences with confidence. She lives on a boat with her father, has a limited education, and seems to fit into her gender stereotype by excelling at cooking and cleaning. Yet there’s a spark about Pippi that sets her apart. She has freckles, long red hair, striped stockings, and incredible strength – she can lift up her horse with one hand. She is a trustworthy friend with a kind heart. Her quirks make her very easy to look up to.
Nancy Drew | Solving mysteries isn’t just for the boys
Nancy Drew is a classic! She was created to be the female counterpart to the Hardy Boys. In the original books Nancy is a 16-year-old high schooler who is incredibly independent from a young age. As Nancy grows up she begins to solve mysteries and travel. She lives a glamorous life yet danger and adventure are always on her horizon. Nancy teaches young girls how to take a problem, dissect it, and find a solution. Being a detective isn’t only for the boys.
Zita the Spacegirl | The modern space heroine
Zita the Spacegirl is the graphic novel series by Ben Hatke about a space heroine. Each story is packed full of whimsical and eye-catching illustrations along with an inspirational story. Her adventures are about friendship, redemption, and battling strange monsters. Nothing fazes her. She’s a strong role model for young girls that teach them about fighting for what you believe in, protecting your friends, and doing the right thing.