Meet this month's FEATURED non-profit, Camp Reel Stories!

Don't you just love going to the movies and losing yourself in a great story? Have you ever wondered about how a film is made?  Well, this month we're celebrating the life and work of filmmaker Ava DuVernay and introducing little ones to the art and science of filmmaking in the Illuminating  Filmmaker crate, on sale now through May 15th.  And what better way to celebrate this amazing woman and exposing girls to film than partner with a fantastic nonprofit who is doing the big work of making filmmaking more accessible to girls! So, friends...meet Camp Reel Stories!

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Extra! Extra! Read all about Nellie Bly!

Anyone out there ever read the ValueTales books growing up like I did? They were some of my favorite books---stories about real women and men who'd changed our world and the traits that helped them to do that. Heeeyyy....maybe a seed was planted then for GIRLS CAN! CRATE? But I digress...I loved reading those stories. And Nellie Bly's was my favorite. 

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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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