Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween
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About the Author
Melissa Atkins Wardy is the founder of Pigtail Pals & Ballcap Buddies, a company that sells empowering and inspirational children's apparel and products, and runs a blog of the same name focused on gender stereotypes and sexualization in childhood. Wardy discusses these issues facing families with thousands of parents using social media and workshops. She is also the cofounder of The Brave Girls Alliance, a gender equality think tank and advocacy group dedicated to communicating with and influencing media, corporations, and retailers.
She has appeared on CNN and FOX News and in the Boston Globe, New York Daily News, Huffington Post, and the Ms. Magazine blog, which have featured her work and her campaigns against national brands and retailers that resulted in the removal of sexist ads and products.
"Melissa Wardy's book reads like a conversation with a smart, wise, funny friend; one who dispenses fabulous advice on raising a strong, healthy, full-of-awesome girl." --Peggy Orenstein, author, Cinderella Ate My Daughter
"This eye-opening tome is an absolute must-read." --Starred review, Publishers Weekly
"Taking on the media's widespread stereotyping and sexualization of children--particularly girls--advocate Wardy offers a thoughtful, comprehensive guide to raising healthy, happy, confident children. She includes a savvy take on the consequences of "princess culture," along with suggestions for gender-neutral toys, clothing, and parenting." --Publishers Weekly, Best Books of 2014
"With this book in hand, I no longer feel alone in my quest to raise girls who see a world full of potential. If you seek direction for raising a self-confident child, let this book be your compass." --Samantha Ettus, Forbes contributor and founder of Working Moms Lifestyle
"Redefining Girly is a bold and essential contribution to the discussion about today's 'too fast, too soon' girl culture. Wardy applies the latest research on media literacy, sexualization, and marketing to everyday situations parents face and provides practical strategies they can enact right now to raise strong, caring, confident daughters and to change a culture that devalues them." --Michele Borba, Ed.D., author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions
"If you have a girl, or are a teacher, you should absolutely read this book." --Coming of Age in the Middle
"Melissa Atkins Wardy writes with incredible insight, respect and honesty." --The Tribune (Greeley, CO)
"Redefining Girly is as interesting as it is educational, and Wardy provides parents with an easy, at times step by step guide on how best to respond to various scenarios relating to girlhood." --Metapsychology.net