This fantastic post from writer Sharon Suchoval celebrates the fact that there are many ways to be a Mighty Girl!


“According to Wikipedia: A tomboy is a girl who exhibits characteristics or behaviors considered typical of a boy, including wearing masculine clothing and engaging in games and activities that are physical in nature and are considered in many cultures to be “unfeminine” or the domain of boys.

Just because there is a wikipedia entry, doesn’t mean we have to subscribe to it.
Some girls climb trees.
Some girls wear dresses.
Some girls climb trees while wearing dresses.

Don’t define people by how they play and don’t call girls boys (or boys, girls.)
If you want to paint your nails and then jump in the mud, go for it.
If you want to pull your hair in a ponytail and eat a cheeseburger, do it.
If you want to collect bugs, talk to them, name them, and set them free, be my guest.

Do all of these things and know that you are a girl. Don’t do any of them and know that you are a girl.
Be yourself.
Wear lipstick, play soccer, have friends that are girls, have friends that are boys, eat bacon…or salad, watch romantic comedies or action movies, wear pink or wear blue.

None of it matters.
You. Are. A. Girl.
NOT…a tomboy.
A girl.”

To read more from Sharon Suchoval, check out her blog Advice for My Daughter at

For a wonderful picture book that features a diverse array of princesses — wearing clothing of every color in the rainbow — taking part in a wide range of activities including climbing trees, playing sports, stomping in mud puddles, and driving dump trucks, check out “Not All Princesses Dress in Pink,” for ages 4 to 8 at

For books for children and teens that celebrate Mighty Girls’ multifaceted interests, visit our “Individuality” section at

To introduce young readers to real-life and fictional girls who refuse to be limited by gender stereotypes, check out our “Mighty Girls” book section at

And, for a recently released parenting book that explores how to raise kids free of gender stereotypes, check out “Parenting Beyond Pink and Blue” at