“Let’s show our girls the REAL women they can be.”

amelia earhart and emma

When photographer Jamie Moore was thinking about marking her daughter Emma’s fifth birthday with a photo shoot, she wanted to get more creative than a set of princess photos. She explains:

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.

Check out Susan B. Anthony, Coco Chanel, Helen Keller, Jane Goodall, and future President Emma.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/oubli/ LOL

    Great idea, I have a little one that gonna turn five in Dec, this is great inspiration for her birthday.

    Although I wouldn’t choose anti-choicer like Susan B Anthony, this is still a fantastic!

  • http://feministing.com/members/melbatoast/ Melba

    You, too, can be a Nazi sympathizer like Ms. Chanel? Love the concept though. I wanted to be Jane Goodall when I was younger.

    • http://feministing.com/members/boudledidge/ boudledidge

      I agree. What is all this fuss over Chanel? Obviously all of her “fans” haven’t taken the five seconds required to google her and learn of her anti-semitic Nazi past. How superficial and idiotic to think a brand and a chic image is all it takes to qualify someone as a real icon worth dressing your kid up as. Give me a break. I think the whole thing is ineffectual and disingenuous (“look at the cool thing I did to my kid!”) rather than being some ~ground breaking~ new idea about how to mold a child’s perceptions of the expectations awaiting her. D-

  • http://feministing.com/members/elouisekb/ elouise

    These pictures are freaking adorable, but the mentality behind them is so obnoxious. I’d like to ask the photographer who they think best encapsulates a REAL woman. Trick question! there is no such thing as a “real” woman! There are as many interpretations of womanhood as there are people that claim womanhood, and each one of them is valid.

    While it is imperative that young girls learn the arbitrariness of gender roles and the importance of the women who paved the way for generations to come, there is such a thing as being a “real” girl and liking Barbie dolls or playing dress up! This is the slippery slope towards teaching girls disdain of the feminine, that their peers who like to play house and watch princess movies are somehow shallow, not smart, or worse–undeserving of respect. Girls and women don’t have to emulate the traditionally masculine to be REAL people or cause REAL change!

    It saddens me that girls get taught at such a young age to hate anything associated with being a young girl while rabidly consuming ‘girly” culture. Jamie Moore’s analysis is the kind of stuff I would expect from a budding feminist–charming and succinct, but ultimately, pretty boring and playing right into patriarchal stereotypes of girls.