As I talk with my daughter lately (she’s 5), I realize she’s soaking in more than I can imagine during her days. I’d like to add as many empowering and strengthening ideas as possible in this receptive time.
I’ve been surprised since having a daughter how often I confront my own biases – I’ve found myself nearly saying “he” when talking about a doctor or pilot, just out of reflex. This is embarrassing to me – especially as a mother who founded and runs one business (this blog) and co-founded another (our family’s brewery), I feel I should know better! I hope the stereotypes will be less prevalent in my daughter’s mind.
In that spirit, I bring you these picks of empowering dolls for girls – they’re great examples of character and ambition for my daughter to see. This post contains affiliate links.
Our Picks for Empowering Dolls for Girls
I Am Elemental Dolls – Each of these superheros represents a different character trait such as Bravery or Persistence. The company’s motto is, “If you give a girl a different toy, she will tell a different story.™” and these female action figures tell a story of strength and power.
Girls Explore Biography and Doll Sets – These sets are dolls based on real women who’ve done great things. Their realistic faces remind you that this isn’t just a fantasy – a real person accomplished these things, maybe you can too.
These pioneers of aviation, science, art, and sports will inspire you and your kids. The dolls also come with a biography and a related toy (Amelia Earhart comes with a compass). Girls Explore sent me the Earhart set and I was impressed with the detailed clothing and the well written biography. I really got into biographies around 9 years old and would have loved to get a set like this.
Project Mc2 Dolls – Project Mc2 is a new show on Netflix “where smart is the new cool”. The four teenage girls in the show use their science smarts to be secret agents, saving the day.
I loved finding a doll that can encourage my daughters fledgling love of science. She is a “girly girl” and was so excited to see these cute dolls doing cools projects (each kit comes with a STEM activity like making a glow stick, building a mini skateboard or Lava Lamp).
Lottie Dolls – Lottie is one intrepid little girl doll – doing everything from fossil hunting to pony club. She is cute, age appropriate, and you find find her with a variety of hair and skin colors, as well as costumes and accessories.
Action Figures from GoldieBlox– These active dolls each come with build-it-yourself adventures like a zipline, or parachute. I love the vitality and determination in their faces, and the clever and interesting projects that come with each doll. My 5 year old is getting into drawing engineering-type plans, and I think she’ll really love discovering a doll that comes with her own machine to make.
Mini American Girl Dolls – You have probably seen the large sized American Girl Dolls. Each somes with her own story – and there’s nothing like historical fiction to transport you to another time and place and get you wanting to learn more. These mini dolls can be a fun way to start out with the American girl dolls – they’re little, far less expensive than their big sisters, and perfect for kids who enjoy playing pretend with a collection of small figures. They each come with their own mini book too.
Veterinarian Laura is an 8″ doll who comes with a kit of tools and medicine to take care of any stuffed animal, horse figurine or imaginary pet. You can also get a vet tech doll and a mobile vet clinic with this line from Breyer.
What empowering dolls do you know about? Leave me any recommendations in the comments!