National Princess Week?

National Parks Week, National Library Week, Earth Day all worth recognizing, but National Princess Week? No way! Just what we need. The last week of April set aside to encourage princess dreams in girls. We laugh when a child says he or she wants to grow up to be a horse, but act like growing up to be a princess is a legitimate future goal.

Have you been to Disney lately? All the little and not so little girls dressed as princesses trying to enjoy a theme park in long dresses, with tiaras, and dress shoes. Not exactly the ideal apparel for Splash Mountain or the Grand Prix Raceway.

I hate to think that anyone falls for this marketing gimmick by Disney and Target and the Julie Andrews Collection. I guess Julie Andrews is a natural spokeswoman for National Princess Week since she provided instruction on princess how to in the Princess Diaries, (a movie I enjoyed) but she seems to have taken this whole princess thing a bit too seriously. Writing numerous princess books, a princess app, and a list of 30 Ways to Celebrate National Princess Week. I wish she’d go back to Mary Poppins or Maria Von Trapp, strong women instead of the helpless princess characters.

Pink, a great color. Princess, a great character. But there’s so much more than pink and princess. Why not a little more balance? We definitely don’t need a week to celebrate princesses.

It may be time to revisit Not Just a Girl. Jaime C. Moore’s photographs remind us there are so many alternatives to the idea of princess for girls.




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.