For girls, it isn't easy finding good role models these days. The most public figures (think Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Miley Cyrus) aren't exactly the kind of people that most parents hope their daughters will want to emulate. Too much glitz, too little substance.
Most of us want our daughters to grow up to be confident, happy and productive individuals - women who know who they are and who stand for something more than designer hand-bags and the right to party 'til they drop (or get arrested).
It seems that we parents have our work cut out for us. If we want our daughters to have great role models, we have to go out in search of them and also to become role models ourselves. Who can we look to for inspiration?
There have been many women in history who are worthy of our admiration; Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Mother Teresa, Susan B. Anthony and more recently, Benazir Bhutto.
But if we are looking in the present, it gets more difficult. A few names do come to mind, Hillary Clinton being one of them. Regardless of your political persuasion, you've got to admit that she is nothing if not a strong, confident (Read more....)