I think that of the things in the list, the most powerful was helping her parse media messages based on our own family values. Media is a very powerful influence in the lives of children and often the messages they receive are very very mixed.
Take for instance the Disney stars who eventually want to be seen as nubile adult actresses so they start exploring their sexuality for all the world to see. While that may be fine for them at the age they're at, an 8, 9 or 10-year-old probably isn't there yet emotionally. I often question whether those budding starlets are as well, personally. But the problem begins when that tween, or younger, wants to emulate the edgy style of dress of that star, or listen to music which begins to push the sexual envelope in an effort to be taken seriously as an adult artist.
We should be the ones helping steering the direction our daughters ultimately choose. Not the Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus' and Kim K's of the world. The outcome of the antics of a person with a whole ad and PR team behind them are very different than the typical youth who attempts to imitate those actions.
At 19, she's still young but looking at what she's already accomplished and the trajectory she's headed in, I can comfortably say that she appears to be a powerful, strong-minded, young lady who will be a force to be reckoned with in her personal and professional life. I can't wait to see what life holds for the powerful girl that and I have raised!
These are women who show us not only that there can be female scientists, but also that being a scientist is typical walk of life. It can be right for anyone. In most fiction it can be hard to pin what field a scientific character even works it in. These women are rooted in reality. In some ways, that makes them the most inspiring of all.
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