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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