Not Just a Girl

Jaime C. Moore, a lifestyle photographer, posted the most incredible pictures of her five-year-old daughter, Emma, dressed as real women she can look up to and emulate. While most girls her age are dreaming of growing up to be a Disney princess, Ms. Moore’s pictures of her daughter are reminders of the important real life role models our daughters should admire.

With each picture is accompanied by an inspirational quote as well:

Susan B. Anthony

“…forget conventionalism; forget what the world thinks of you stepping out of your place; think your best thoughts, speak your best words, work your best works, looking to your own conscience for approval. I had rather…make history than write it. Failure is not possible.”

Coco Chanel

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different – life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself – a girl should be two things: who and what she wants.”

Amelia Earhart

“…now and then women should do for themselves what men have already done – occasionally what men have not done – thereby establishing themselves as persons, and perhaps encouraging other women toward greater independence of thought and action. Some such consideration was a contributing reason for my wanting to do so much what I wanted to do.”

Helen Keller

“Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost. What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.”

Jane Goodall

“My family has very strong women. My mother never laughed at my dream of Africa, even though everyone else did because we didn’t have any money, because Africa was the ‘Dark Continent’, and because I was a girl. -What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

Check out the pictures of Emma side by side with Susan B. Anthony, Coco Chanel, Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, and Jane Goodall.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a few of these women appeared at the door on Halloween along with Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, and all the other princesses trick-or-treating this year.

4 thoughts on “Not Just a Girl

  1. I LOVE this! I’m so sick of the Disney Princess craze…and I loved those movies. But you will not grow up to be a princess. How about being a teacher, doctor, pilot, scientist, etc. instead when playing dress up.

  2. The “forget conventionalism” quotation is derived from a Shirley Chisholm quote that is usually misattributed to Susan B. Anthony. The original quote is:

    “The time has come, brothers and sisters, when we must rise up and assert our rights. Forget conventionalism. Forget whether you are in your place or out of your place. Do that which you have to do. Looking only to your God, whoever your God may be, and to your conscience for approval. Peace and power.”

    Source: From Thomas A. Johnson, “Rep. Chisholm Declares that She May Run for President in 1972,” _New York Times_, August 1, 1972, p. 40; quoted in _Paving the Way for Madam President_ by Nichola D. Gutgold, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2006, p. 60.

  3. I mistakenly attributed the original Susan B. Anthony “Forget conventionalisms” quotation to Shirley Chisholm. It turns out that Chisholm was quoting Anthony. The original Anthony quotation is still widely distorted, though.

    The original quote is: “Forget conventionalisms; forget what the world will say, whether you are in your place or out of it; think your best thoughts, speak your best words, do your best works, looking to your own consciences for approval.”

    The Source: _The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony_ by Ida Husted Harper, Volume 1. Indianapolis and Kansas City: Bowen-Merrill, 1899, p. 228. and

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