Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Be your own princess charming

I recently came across this lovely series of photographs from photographer Jaime Moore in Austin. She wanted to take photos of her 5-year-old daughter, Emma, on her birthday. While looking for inspiration on the net, all she could find was how to dress one's daughter like a Disney Princess. So she took matters into her own hands -
It started me thinking about all the REAL women for my daughter to know about and look up too, REAL women who without ever meeting Emma have changed her life for the better. My daughter wasn’t born into royalty, but she was born into a country where she can now vote, become a doctor, a pilot, an astronaut, or even President if she wants and that’s what REALLY matters. I wanted her to know the value of these amazing women who had gone against everything so she can now have everything. We chose 5 women (five amazing and strong women), as it was her 5th birthday but there are thousands of unbelievable women (and girls) who have beat the odds and fought (and still fight) for their equal rights all over the world……..so let’s set aside the Barbie Dolls and the Disney Princesses for just a moment, and let’s show our girls the REAL women they can be.
Here are a few of these remarkable photos:

The rest of the photos are here: http://www.jaimemoorephotography.com/2013/05/09/not-just-a-girl/

I would love to see the marketing industry, toy industry, and Hollywood follow Jaime Moore's lead. K-12 STEM outreach is great and all, but if we want to make a significant impact we need to get ImagesOfGreatness (beyond beauty) into the minds of young women on a daily basis.


  1. I love this post! It is a refreshing counterpoint to this post.

    1. Ah, yes, Disney. We could really talk for hours about that, PrincessCulture, etc.

      Truly, if Hollywood/advertisers stopped perpetuating woman-as-housewife and instead started started showing woman-as-scientist, STEM enrollment would soar. It would blow NSF's efforts out of the water.

  2. The pictures don't appear and the link http://www.jaimemoorephotography.com/2013/05/09/not-just-a-girl/
    seems to be broken.

    1. Hmm, I see the images on my screen and the link works. RSS reader issue?