You may not exactly consider yourself a feminist, but you likely want to raise your children in a world where violence against women, pay inequality between the sexes, and birth control controversies no longer exist. Your kids may be coming to you with questions about things they hear that while innocent, can be difficult to answer. As a parent, it is tough to break through all of the media noise and leave a more positive representation of gender identity on your kids. But there are books that can help you become a better feminist parent — even if you don't think you are.
Whether you're enjoying a bedtime story with your kids or reading alone, there are plenty of books that encourage readers to smash the patriarchy. And it's especially important to share books with strong female characters and story lines with your children. As Everyday Feminist magazine noted, it's important to expose children to a wide variety of gender expressions, while respecting the child's individual choice.
If you're looking to add a little gender equality to your bookshelf, check out these nine books, that will help you have open and honest discussions with your children about ways to close the gap.
1'Swagger' by Lisa Bloom
2'Just Us Women' by Jeannette Caines
3'The Way We Never Were' by Stephanie Coontz
If you've ever questioned whether the 'Good Old Days' were really all that good, The Way We Never Were is worth a read. She puts "traditional family values" in a historical context and examines whether or not the idea was realistic. It will make you glad we don't have to vacuum in heels anymore.
4'Moody Bitches' by Julie Holland
For centuries, women have been told that their emotions are an obstacle — leaving many to use drugs, alcohol and food to control the problem. In Moody Bitches, Dr. Julie Holland lets readers know that varying moods aren't unique to women. She touches on the pros and cons of medicating our emotions, and offers alternative solutions to cope.
5'Feminism Is For Everybody: Passionate Politics' by bell hooks
6'The Paper Bag Princess' by Robert Munsch
7'Kicking Off: How Women In Sport Are Changing The Game' by Sarah Shephard
The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team recently made news by bringing attention to the fact that female athletes are grossly underpaid when compared to their male counterparts. Kicking Off was written by the features editor at Sport magazine to bring attention how to the inequality between the sexes plays out in sports.
8'Not All Princesses Dress In Pink' by Heidi E. Y. Stemple & Jane Yolen
9'Don't Kiss The Frog: Princess Stories With Attitude' by Fiona Waters
Don't Kiss the Frog is an anthology of princess tales that are a little edgier than some fairytale favorites. Clumsy, silly and brave princesses can be a nice change of pace from the always pretty and perfect ones.