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This year, it seems like we’ve been inundated with ads juxtaposing children with seemingly nefarious elements of adult life —guns, wrong-voting Senators, for example–and while they’re  absolutely compelling (and, in these examples ultimately lobbying for the safety of children), after the message has set in, you’re left with a picture of smiling child and the increasingly growing fear about what’s truly in store for their collective future.

Which makes Jaime C. Moore and her 5-year-old daughter Emma, a really great example of what this generation can really aspire to if we look at it the right way. In a blog post last Thursday, Jaime writes:

“My amazing daughter, Emma, turned 5 last month, and I had been searching everywhere for new creative inspiration for her 5 yr pictures. I noticed quite a pattern of so many young girls dressing up as beautiful Disney Princesses, no matter where I looked, 95% of the “ideas” were the “How to’s” of  how to dress your little girl like a Disney Princess … 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.”

What she came up with were five photos, including those featured above, of Emma dressed as “real women” like Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, Susan B. Anthony, Coco Chanel, and Jane Goodall and maybe the nation’s earliest Presidential campaign: Emma for President, 2044.

“I wanted her to know the value of these amazing women who had gone against everything so she can now have everything,” Jaime continues. “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…… 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.”

This is exactly the kind of message we –as people, as women, as citizens of the world–should grow within this youngest generation. Focus on the truly inspirational in the face of the truly despicable. It’s a message of hope and optimism we should be seeing more of, not less.

What do you think?


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