Early feminist education

In this world of patriarchy, where structural sexism is ubiquitous, it’s important to educate future women in the nature of their oppression. Here I am teaching little Selma, granddaughter of my friends, about the great women of history, emphasizing that women can be whatever they want.

I also taught her about penguins, which seemed to fascinate her. After all, it’s never too early to learn about biology:

You go, girl!

(Photos by Tim Groves)


  1. Glenda Palmer
    Posted January 17, 2020 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Jerry it is wonderful you are enjoying time with this precious little person and instilling the seeds of understanding what her future might be in this world and to enjoy what is precious on our planet.

    I am presently working at developing a relationship with my 7-year old great-granddaughter who recently became available to me. Times have changed so, so much it is challenging.

  2. Posted January 17, 2020 at 6:00 pm | Permalink


  3. Jim batterson
    Posted January 17, 2020 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    Like old times: fifty years of relaxing and good conversation with betsy and tim….
    And new times with selma. Welcome aboard weit, little selma.

  4. Stephen Barnard
    Posted January 17, 2020 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    I’m wondering what Titania would think of this post.

  5. Jenny Haniver
    Posted January 17, 2020 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    That first “Little Feminist Leader” looks a lot like Elizabeth Warren.

  6. Don Mackay
    Posted January 17, 2020 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    I remember in the early 70s trying to teach feminism to my mother! I gave her a copy of Germain Greer’s ‘Female Eunoch’. She thought it was all a bit silly, despite the fact her father, a doctor, had forbidden her attending medical school on the grounds that female doctors were treated dreadfully in the profession(by males, of course). Instead she studied ‘Home Science’ at university, becoming a fantastic, if reluctant, family cook!

  7. Mark R.
    Posted January 17, 2020 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    Right on! I haven’t spent time with a toddler since my niece 13 years ago or so. Do I miss it? Not really, but it’s fun spending time with wee humans.

    There are many, many books in that series, all focused on empowering girls at a young age. There’s “Little Scientist”, “Little Artist”, “Little Traveler” and many more. Not so cool is “This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Power Primer”…unfortunately, this volume shows a Middle-Eastern girl in a hijab high-fiving a black girl…I don’t think that’s a way to encourage “girls can do anything”. They should have shown a little girl throwing her hijab into the garbage can, now there’s a positive message…just sayin’. I’m afraid the hijab is here to stay though.

  8. Sted24
    Posted January 17, 2020 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    “Queen Elizabeth I reigned and proved girls are fearless.”

    The dissonance between the image and the language is interesting. ‘reigned’, ‘proved’, and ‘fearless’ are pretty grown-up words and concepts. Sophisticated. The image is rather basic, simplified. Perhaps juvenile.

    My guess would be that the little girl likes the pretty image, probably recognised it as a face. And had bugger all understanding of, or interest in, the text.

    • Posted January 18, 2020 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

      The fundermental idea is to give young girls THE idea of being equal and able. All different because of cultural restraints but if the motivation is set in place, replicated and spread, taught over generations it has the a chance of building upon itself.
      I prefer to be optimistic.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted January 18, 2020 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

      Brenda the First as a feminist icon is a bit on the hilarious side too. “I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king”

      Tudor era transplantation … without either anaesthesia or antiseptic technique. Ohhh, that’s gotta smart!

  9. Ken Kukec
    Posted January 17, 2020 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Good for you, brother, doin’ a solid for the sisterhood.

  10. Cate Plys
    Posted January 17, 2020 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    You go Jerry!

  11. rickflick
    Posted January 17, 2020 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    As a substitute teacher in a small school district, where I normally taught middle and high school, I occasionally had the opportunity to get into some early elementary classrooms. It was always enjoyable because the kids are cute and fascinated by the simplest things. They also puke in the halls and crap their pants on occasion.

  12. Posted January 17, 2020 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    A kid can’t go wrong starting out life with a good foundation in penguinology.

  13. Posted January 18, 2020 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    So beliefs should be based on evidence only for biology? Got it.

%d bloggers like this: