8 Awesome T-Shirts for Inspiring Little Girls

Keira's Kollection shirtIf you've gone shopping for a girl in elementary school lately, you've probably noticed it's slim pickings on the shelves. Between the shirts that treat our daughters like they're dumb and the outfits designed for teens but sold to 6-year-olds, there's a lot to be depressed about. But as we enter 2013, can we talk about the good news?

In addition to the idiots telling our girls they're too pretty for homework are small business owners -- many of them parents -- who are pushing out clothes meant to celebrate all the power there is in being a girl. They're people like Kevin Wagstaff, father of a 6-year-old, who created Keira's Kollection, a line of shirts sporting messages about confidence, bravery, and smarts. And there's a lot more where that came from.

Wagstaff says he was inspired by his daughter to create clothes parents can be proud to have their children wear. His words made me stop because as much as I want my daughter to wear something that makes her feel good about herself, I have to admit there's also a "me" component to it all.

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As the mother of a 7-year-old girl, I want to know that I'm doing my best to give her the best options. I don't want to just make do with what I found at the local big box store.

So I decided to take Wagstaff's words as a challenge. I have scoured the web for some gender-positive shirts any mom or dad would be proud to pull out of the closet for their daughter to wear to school.

I'd get them for my kid (and in some cases already have!). How about you?

Which of these shirts would you buy for your daughter?


Image via Keira's Kollection

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fleur... fleurdelys3110

While they are a nice concept, I would never put my daughter (future one) in one of them. They just seem kind of...lame. I feel I could be effective in getting these messages across to my daughter without cheesy tshirts.

Aunt_... Aunt_ning

I love shirts like this. I bought my 9 year old niece a shirt this past summer that says I'm too smart to be a cheerleader so I play softball (she does)  and the other moms loved it so much all the girls ended up with one!

BirdCo BirdCo

Aunt_ning the shirt you bought is almost as bad as the too pretty to do homework one. Teaching girls that it is fine to belittle other girls is never a good idea.

This shirts are much better then some of the tacky ones sold in most stores.

PonyC... PonyChaser

Huh. Interesting. My niece was a cheerleader on a championship squad. She was also valedictorian in a class of around 500. So much for THAT stereotype.

These shirts are pretty cute, but then I've got a boy, so...

mamab... mamabunny2010

Seriously..."I am too smart to be a cheerleader..." commenter.  I thought you were gonna tell us about a shirt that EMPOWERS girls, not stereotypes and degrades.  Way to teach your daughter how to bully other girls.  Stop pushing your own agenda on your daughter...maybe she might want to be a friend with a cheerleader someday, or even try out for the team, but she doesn't want you to think she's an idiot bimbo.  Way to keep it classy!

redK8... redK8blueSt8

I'm honestly kinda sick of this whole "girl power" theme, mostly because it leaves out the boys, and that is still UNequal. You don't lift up girls while putting down boys, outright or implied. How do you teach your daughter about gender equality while buying her shirts that imply she's better than boys because she's a girl?!  I have a son and a daughter. While I can find lots of 'I'm-so-awesome' girl shirts, I can't for boys. It's dissapointing.

zumba... zumbafreak11

I agree on being sick of "Girl Power".  It's so overused.  I also wouldn't buy my 7 1/2 year old the t-shirt that says, "I'm the future", but I'd totally buy her the rest of the t-shirts.  It's refreshing to see t-shirts that aren't total putdowns.

lasombrs lasombrs

 I like the power shirt because I like the periodic elements in it but I agree the whole girl power thing is over done. I also have one girl and one boy and dont want to put either down with a shirt

randamda randamda

Girl power doesn't put boys down! News flash people, boys and girls are different, equal, but definatly different. I say shout girl power, shout boy power, celebrate brains, teach them to be tough, rejoice in differences, nurture any and all interests, and heck yes let them know how beautiful they are cause all of that's what builds confidence! I love the shirts. Some of them aren't my style but they all have great messages that I want to instill in both my son and daughter. :)

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