Every little girl is bursting with dreams. Become a princess. Marry prince charming. Become a famous movie star. Fly to the moon. Befriend a talking woodland creature. It’s funny… but true! Little girls have this blind faith that absolutely anything is possible – they could grow up to be singers, astronauts, veterinarians, or even mermaids. It’s typically around the age of 9 or 10 that something begins to shift in the minds of girls. Suddenly, their once unwavering self-confidence tends to evaporate. They go from thinking they can do anything to being unsure of themselves.
This is the adventure of raising a teenage daughter. As mothers, we search for ways to boost their self-esteem and help them truly believe that they are capable of greatness. One idea for inspiring our daughters is to expose them to fierce, unforgettable women who have gone before us – women like Helen Keller, Frida Kahlo, and Maya Angelou. Though these brave heroes are no longer with us, their stories live on, and have the power to inspire generations to come. Our job is to simply tell their stories.
What Helen Keller, Frida Kahlo, and Maya Angelou Have To Do With Your Teenage Daughter
Perhaps you’re wondering what an American author/political activist, a Mexican painter, and an African American author/actress/singer have in common. The answer is simple: they were brave. Each of these incredible women accomplished something great despite the many obstacles that stood in their way.
Helen Keller was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Frida Kahlo became a world-renowned painter despite having an extremely difficult life, including a bad accident that left her in a full body cast. Maya Angelou was an advocate for African Americans during a time when segregation and racism was rampant.
What is so special about these amazing stories is that they have the ability to inspire us (and our daughters), and remind us that we really can accomplish something great, despite the challenges and doubts we may be facing.
Creative Ideas for Introducing Your Daughter to These Historical Women
- Ask your daughter to watch a documentary with you on one of these women. Have a discussion with her afterwards about what you watched and what stood out to her the most.
- If your daughter enjoys reading, buy her a book by or about one of these women. Maya Angelou is known for her autobiographies. Helen Keller’s biography is extremely moving. Frida Kahlo’s art may inspire your daughter’s creative side.
- Suggest one of these women as the subject for a school assignment, such as an essay or research project.
Introducing your daughter to remarkable historical role models is just one of the ways to inspire her. Knowing what other women can do will help build your daughter’s confidence and encourage her to pursue her dreams.
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