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Literary Characters Your Feminist Kid Can Look Up To

by | April 8, 2019

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Raising a feminist child isn’t a difficult task. Whether you are teaching your little girl about self-love and respect, or your little boy about how to respect women, it is something you can do from a young age without needing a lengthy, socio-political conversation on why feminism is important. One way to help encourage and motivate your child is to provide strong, female role models who they can look up to. These role models can be historical (Rosa Parks), current (Emma González), political (Michelle Obama), local (a teacher in your school district) or even fictional from books or movies. Literary role models are a great way to inspire your child to read more once they fall in love with a character or a series. Not sure where to start? Here are four literary characters for your child to look up to.

Hermione Granger (Harry Potter Saga by J.K. Rowling)

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Credit: J.K. Rowling. Special edition 20th anniversary cover, illustration by Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick. Published by Scholastic Inc.

As my personal favorite is Hermione Granger, and my number one role model while growing up. Witty, book smart, courageous, and a ultimate badass, she is an amazing fictional character to look up to. From being in the top of her class through hard work in school and showing what true friendship is by sticking up for her friends, Hermione is a truly magnificent witch. Even actress Emma Watson who played Hermione in the movie saga is a real-life feminist!

Mathilda (Mathilda by Ronald Dahl)

As a young child with a knack for mathematics and a need for an endless supply of books, Mathilda is a great role model for younger children, especially in primary school. With a little bit of magic and a lot of wit, Mathilda teams up with her teacher, Ms. Honey, to get back at the evil headmistress of her school and to cause some mischief towards her hateful parents along the way. The girl power in this Dahl creation is unbeatable. The movie adaptation is just as magical as the book, so don’t shy away from sharing the film with your child, as well (after reading the book first, of course).

An Early Feminist

Nancy Drew (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories by Carolyn Keene)

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Credit: Carolyn Keene. Original Cover by Russel H. Tandy, published by Grosset & Dunlap

I remember when I was young, my mother passed on her Nancy Drew collection to me and how quickly I devoured each book. Nancy Drew (in my opinion) is cooler than Sherlock Holmes could ever be. Since 1930 she has been fearless and insanely talented at solving puzzling mysteries, all without needing a man at her side., and a must read for a budding feminist.

Anne (Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery)

Red-headed and quirky, Anne of Green Gables is an absolute classic and is a perfect story for anyone of any age. A pair of siblings wanting to hire a little orphan boy to help them work on their farm instead accidently adopt a girl, Anne, who later proves how she can bring a sense of wonder and happiness into the farmer’s lives. She is fun and is never afraid to be herself, thus being a great role model for kids who embrace their own individuality.

Which of these four literary characters will you share with your feminist child? Do you have any others to add to the list? Let me know in the comments below.


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Gabriella Anaya

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