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‘Redefining Girly’ by Melissa Atkins Wardy

After Melissa Atkins Wardy gave birth to her daughter about eight years ago, she was determined to raise her to believe she could be anything she wanted to be. Wardy found that it was harder than she expected, given the dominance of pink and princesses in the media and on store shelves. One of the biggest challenges was parents and other adults who pooh-poohed her concerns and suggested she lighten up. She distills what she learned in “Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween” (Chicago Review).

JAN GARDNER

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