It’s pretty easy to agree that we should raise our girls to be feminists, and during Women’s History Month, there are plenty of extra resources to help us do so. But what about our boys? It’s arguably more important that our sons grow up knowing that people of all genders are equal, yet the way to teach them that isn’t always obvious.
We don’t want to crush any little boys’ spirits with chants of “Girls Rule, Boys Drool” — and even that much-lauded phrase “The future is female” feels a little off when we’re trying to teach young boys about equality. But we also can’t ignore that in 2020, we’re still so frustratingly far from seeing a female president in the U.S., and there’s nothing close to visible parity in some fields like professional sports and STEM. Maybe that’s because the men of today didn’t have grownups teaching them the meaning of feminism, the way you’re going to do with your sons.
Some of the books we list here are about feminism up front. But others are just about amazing women doing amazing things. It may be that your boy wants to join the feminist fight while still in diapers. Or you may have a kid whose way in will be the topics he already loves. How about reading them books about some pioneers in those fields, from sharks to computer science, who also happen to be women? This, at least, is a great place to start.
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