Way back, almost 45 years ago, there was a record album (yes, that’s what we had back then) for kids. It was the brainchild of actress Marlo Thomas. A gift, so she thought, for her niece who was 4 years old and exploring what it meant to be a little girl.
Helping one person became a cultural phenomenon.
Marlo, frustrated because of all the gender specific books that had boys as pilots and girls as stewardesses, and so on, began the project of putting together songs that gave kids the novel idea they could be whatever they wanted.
Girls can grow up to be mommies and doctors; boys can play with dolls.
Children, at home and in school, were encouraged to think of themselves as unique and create their own amazing stories to tell.
How far have we come?
It’s better – yet, we still have a long way to go.