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Empowering books to read to a little girl on International Women’s Day

8th March, 2020

Happy International Women’s Day everyone!

Reading books is an integral part of my girls’ routines. We absolutely love sitting down to read a book together and as they get older, and are able to comprehend what we’re reading a lot more, I’m trying to incorporate more books with strong female protagonists into the mix. It’s always a great way to encourage the girls to dream big, aim high and also to open up discussions about what women can achieve.

So what better excuse to read an empowering book featuring a great female lead, than today, a day that celebrates women worldwide.

To help get you started, below are some excellent books that are guaranteed to inspire any little girl.

There are two books in this series and they’re fantastic to read at bedtime as they’re not overly long so you can get through a few and each story features the real life take of an inspiring, accomplished woman.

In a world where there is so much pressure on women to look and be a certain way, I love the message of this story. Essentially it’s a lesson in embracing and being comfortable in being yourself.

This classic is such a wonderful book to read with kids, but girls in particular will love Matilda. She is intelligent and courageous, and a voracious reader, and proves that there’s magic in learning and being curious about the world.

Traditional fairy tales are great but sometimes you just want to challenge the damsel in distress narrative that often feature in those stories. This story is about Penelope who demonstrates that you can be a girly girl and be someone who achieves and gets things done too.

Yes, Harry is the lead in this story but would he have survived till the eighth book if it weren’t for Hermione? She’s a supporting character, but Hermione is whip smart, brave and often shows the boys how it’s done and is such a great role model.

There are several books available now that are in the same vein as this, but I love that this focuses on accomplished Australian women who have made history.

An oldie but a goodie, Pippi Longstocking is adventurous, brave and has a can-do attitude that’s aspirational. This book is one that any little girl will enjoy reading.

She’s quiet by day but at night Rosie is a big inventor, creating all sorts of wonderful gizmos and gadgets. At its core it’s a great story about pursuing your passion with persistence but also acknowledging that while there will be failures along the way, it’s all part of the journey to success.

For the princess obsessed girls out there, this is one book that flips fairytales such as Snow White and Sleeping Beauty on its head. The anthology retells princess stories with a girl power twist.

Little girls love a fairy tale but this one features a princess who challenges the notion that she needs to settle down with a prince to live happily ever after. A lot of fun and a great message too.

Fashion

International Women’s Day with Sophia and Grace

8th March, 2019

It’s International Women’s Day today and there couldn’t be a better time to say how proud I am to be raising two amazing little girls. Being a mum to Sophia and Grace is without a doubt the toughest, most rewarding and amazing job I’ll ever have and it comes first and foremost over everything else. Watching them at the age they are now, where they’re developing their own distinct personalities and becoming a little more independent each day, I’m looking forward to seeing how they are as grown women. My greatest hope is that they’re happy, strong, confident and ambitious and that they’re able to go after their dreams and achieve all they want.

I’m ever so hopeful of everything the future brings but I also know that being a woman can be tough at times whether it’s dealing with career, societal expectations or the pressures that come with being female. My hope is that Luke and I can instil in them the resilience and confidence to weather anything that life throws at them and that they’ll always know that we’re there no matter what.

I’m also thankful for the wonderful women who are there for my girls and for me. My family, especially my incredible mum and all my smart, successful, kind and loving friends form the support network that allows me to not only achieve in my own life, but to be the best role model and mother I can be to my daughters.

So to all the wonderful women out there Happy International Women’s Day. Here’s to strong women: may we know them, may we be them and may we raise them.

Lifestyle

International Women’s Day

8th March, 2018

Kate Waterhouse with daughters Sophia and Grace

It’s International Women’s Day today and as the mother of two beautiful little girls it has me thinking of the future that lies ahead for them. One of my main goals is to raise them to be strong, kind, ambitious and confident. I want them to know their worth and that they can be anything they want to be. That they can make their mark in the world and to appreciate the achievements and struggles of women that have helped pave the path before them. And I hope that throughout their life that they see they are surrounded by smart, successful women and this gives them the courage to go after their dreams without hesitation.

My own mum is one of the most inspiring women I know. She’s worked extremely hard for everything she’s achieved and has always been a great role model for me. Just watching her has taught me that anything in possible. When I was growing up, she always put in the hours for her career but always ensured that she was there for her family, and this remains true today. I’ve always looked up to her and maybe even more so now that I’m a mum.

And on this special day I’m even more thankful to be surrounded by so many great women in my life — to call them my friends and to have the privilege to work with them. Fashion is one industry where you’re guaranteed to meet so many amazing women who are kicking major career goals. For me it’s so uplifting to see the support that’s there. Whether it’s a new project or a new collection, I think it’s beautiful to see women getting behind other women. And if we continue to do this, no doubt, the best is still yet to come.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Tell me—who is a woman who inspires you in your life?