​Mom Fights for Her Daughter's Right to Wear a 'Boy' T-Shirt

little girl looking at beeker The praises of a New Jersey mom named Lisa Ryder should be sung far and wide today, after she jumped to her daughter's defense via social media. You see, her 9-year-old "loves science; She especially enjoys learning about ocean life and outer space. She has read more books on sharks than I ever knew existed, follows NASA news, and hopes to be an astronaut one day."

But when she and her daughter were flipping through the Land's End catalog, they noticed the science-themed t-shirt designs were exclusive to the boys' section. And in the girls' section, "instead of science-themed art, we were treated to sparkly tees with rhinestones, non-realistic looking stars, and a design featuring a dog dressed like a princess and wearing a tutu." In turn, Ryder took to Land's End's Facebook page to post a passionate letter about the experience.

Check out her kick-butt closing:

My daughter is mighty and she loves science. And until you recognize that it's not only boys that can fit that description, I'm afraid our family will no longer be shopping in your stores.

You go, mama! Not only does Ryder deserve a round of applause for making a seriously strong case against blatant gender stereotyping, but she also gets a major pat on the back for sticking up for her daughter. 

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What Ryder did sets an amazing example for other moms. We should all be this ready and willing to defend our children's passions and aspirations! To do what we can to right a glaring wrong that is making things more challenging or confusing than they need to be for our kids. And to speak up on their behalf so they can be more fulfilled and thrive.

Looks like Lands' End is taking Ryder's beef seriously, responding that they're sharing her comments with their Catalog Creative and Kids Design Teams. Promising! Perhaps by taking this awesome stand for her daughter, Ryder may have very well helped push for an important change that will benefit her little girl -- and others!

Have you ever taken a stand for your kid like this?


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miche... micheledo

This seems like a great example of first world problems.'  I get it.  Girls like science.  They should and ARE able to wear shirts sold in the boys section.  There is gender stereotyping by companies.  Big problem.  And let's praise the person who stands up for it.  Go mom.  You set those people straight.  Obviously they didn't realize girls are smart too.

Personally I would rather see news about moms standing up for their kid who fights for the rights of the poor, the hurting, the wounded, the starving. . . . . Instead of fighting for my right to wear certain clothing and demanding others make it clear in their advertisement that I already have that right.


Ironic.  Fighting for a right she already has.  Trying to push someone else to change their 'speech'  so it is clear they also understand we have that right.  


Don't mind me.  I'm in a mood today.

fave82 fave82

Oh God, who cares? Just buy what you like no matter where it happens to be categorized in a magazine. #firstworldproblems

Lynette Lynette

There are sites for that like http://www.goldieblox.com/ and http://www.everylittlegirl.com/

I know there is another one that is better but I can't think of the name of it.

No, I wouldn't have contacted the company on this.  I wouldn't have cared if the top of the page said boy or girl, I would have just gotton my daughter the shirt she liked.  My DD likes her girly stuff but she also likes the camo colored shirt she picked out from the "boy" section at Walmart.  My nephew likes Tinkerbell but wanted a more boy type color shirt than they were finding at the store.  I recomended they pick out any solid color tee and then do an iron on transfer on the shirt.

Lynette Lynette

science shirts for girls I found when googling   http://www.zazzle.com/science+girl+kids+clothing


They are out there, you just have to look a little harder.

Mommy... MommyHuman

There are other places that make science theme shirts for girls.  Good for the mom writing the Facebook post, but the market is driven by supply and demand.  Until more people demand they make girls science shirts they will continue to make princess dog tutu ones.  As long people keep buying princess dog tutu, they will countinue to make it.  


I have to agree, first world problems.

Elaine Cox

What if she wanted to wear an NRA shirt?

NatAndCo NatAndCo

Why don't you teach your daughter that the world doesn't bend to your every whim as long as you complain? Teach her that she doesn't need to be confined by the "girl section" of the catalogs, she can wear what she likes. Better yet, help her design her own shirt so she can learn how to make herself happy.

the4m... the4mutts

How is this "taking a stand" for her daughter? Nobody insulted her kid, or said she couldn't wear the shirts. This woman just wanted attention. Total first world problem here. Buy her a "boy" shirt. I mean, really, who cares?

nonmember avatar sarah

fighting for her right?.who is saying she can't wear the shirt but a company whose job it is to make profit shouldn't be made to sell what you want..go somewhere else or make your own

Blues... Blueshark77

How do you know she doesn't stand up for other injustices? I think it is great, I was just talking about this problem last week. Maybe it's just a little unimportant thing to most of you, but I'm sure there are lots of things you consider important that no one else gives a fiddle fart about. 

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