Overcoming Mountains: Celebrating Junko Tabei

During our one year anniversary celebration last September/October, we put out the call to our Facebook community to share with us a fearless female they'd like to see in a crate. This month, we are introducing little ones to the woman who we were introduced to through a Facebook friend. And we could not be more excited for little ones to meet The Independent Mountaineer, Junko Tabei. 

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Beyond Beauty: Celebrating Madam C.J. Walker

When we first created GIRLS CAN! CRATE we wanted our crates to be such that ANY little girl that picked up our crate could relate to something about our featured lady. Perhaps the field she was in resonated with the little girl, or the character trait she embodied, or maybe the lady looked like the little girl, or maybe she was a fascinating woman. Something, anything...that's what we wanted. So when it came time to plan out our year and think about who we'd like to feature in February and for Black History Month we kept coming back to Madam C.J. Walker, entrepreneur and self-made millionaire. But, it wasn't for the reason you'd probably expect...

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Still A Girl: An Interview

I love Instagram. I can easily swipe through my feed and see images that cause me to laugh, think, wonder, and pause. Plus, part of my job is looking through our Instagram feed for GIRLS CAN! CRATE and c'mon, how awesome is that!? It makes me happy that so many of the people that we follow are people, groups, and organizations that also want to raise up this next generation of girls to know that they can be and do anything. One of the feeds that we follow is Still A Girl.  Do you know about them? If you don't, you should...and thanks to our interview with its creator, Martine, you will. 

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Discovering More Women in Archaeology

The Self-Starting Archaeologist crates are out of our office and have been arriving in mailboxes all over the U.S. and in Canada. We are so excited for little ones to meet the inspiring Bertha Parker Pallan and, perhaps, uncover a love for archaeology. Studying Bertha, I began to think about and wonder about all of the other female archaeologists that we may not have heard of in school or on the History Channel. So, I turned to TrowelBlazers, the best site I've found to learn about kick butt women in archaeology. Let's meet some some of those ladies now, shall we?

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Digging Into Archaeology By Digging Into Bertha Parker Pallan

An archaeologist is something of a detective, a puzzle solver if you will. They dig into more than just dirt. They dig into the lives of those who came before us. By revealing artifacts, they try to piece together answers to questions like how, who, what, and why. They do this so that we can learn about those who came before us and laid the foundation of our world. Imagine my surprise then that we would become quasi-archaeologists oh so many months ago as we began to look into the life of Bertha Parker Pallan, our Self-Starting Archaeologist. A woman of Abenaki and Seneca descent herself, Bertha dug into the past of indigenous people. She was a woman who over the course of her archaeology career uncovered incredible artifacts and even a civilization. And yet, hers is a life story that nowadays is seemingly buried. Let's bring her story to the surface, shall we?

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Thankful for Marie

We chose to celebrate the life and work of Marie Curie forever ago, or at least that's what it feels like given that life seems to pass by in a flurry of activity. As always, I, Kristen, began to dig deep into her life as I prepared to write her story and prepare blog posts, etc. Sure, I was familiar with Marie Curie and knew that she was an important scientist. I knew her contributions were profound and had far-reaching effects. What I didn't know, though was just how much I would personally owe her. This season of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for Marie Curie and her work with radiation because without it, I might still have that insidious and evil thing called cancer burrowing inside of me. 

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Gift Guide for the Fearless Girl

GIRLS CAN! CRATE is the perfect gift for girls ages 4 to 8 years old. In a time where toys are more gendered than they were 50 years ago and  are marketed to girls based on beauty items and appearance,  we're here to show girls that they are so much more. How? It’s simple. GIRLS CAN! CRATE introduces girls to fearless women who have made the world better!

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The Confident Chemist

Whether you're familiar with her as Marie Curie or as Madame Curie, hers is a fairly familiar name. Marie Curie is one of the few female scientists that many of us have learned about in school. She does have name recognition, yes, but that's not why we're featuring her in our December crate. No, we're celebrating the life and work of Marie Curie because as a woman who loved learning so much and was as dedicated to her calling as Marie was deserves to be celebrated. 

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