I am currently a member of the Netflix Stream Team and this post is part of my involvement in the Group in exchange for receiving a product package.
I just read an article that said that girls believe brilliance is a male trait, that is so sad to me. As a mother of a daughter, I want my daughter to grow up believing in girl power – that she is just as smart and capable as any male.
I grew up with a very traditional mother who was a typical housewife and stay-at-home-mom. I remember in college, I took a few classes for my major where I was definitely a minority in a “man’s field.” I remember feeling intimidated and things might have went in a different direction for me if I was stronger and felt more equal to men.
With my daughter just shy of six years old, I have been using television shows to show her girl power. Netflix actually has a ton of great girl power shows and actresses that have become great examples for my daughter.
Project Mc 2 is a Netflix original show where a group of female government operatives protect the world. Each character revolves around a field of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.) The girls are all beautiful and smart, exactly what I want for my daughter.
Julie’s Greenroom is a new Netflix show that just debutted staring Julie Andrews. Brought to life by the Jim Henson Company, the enriching show advocates for the arts and the positive impact creativity can have on every child’s life. With an array of very special guests (Idina Menzel, Sara Bareilles and Alec Baldwin to name a few), Julie’s Greenroom might be a show you turn on for the kids but find yourself staying until the final curtain call.
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events may seem male-focused, but the eldest Baudelaire sibling, Violet, is quite the inventor. She has her signature move of tying her hair back before she gets tinkering.
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir stars a girl superhero who protects her city from supervillans. Yeah for a female superhero!
Stranger Things may be too scary for young kids, but it stars a girl, Eleven, who uses her powers to help her friends. She proves to her friends who are all boys that she is strong.
Home, which Netflix created a show off of, stars Tip who uses her power as a great friend and is quite adventurous.
I could go on and on about strong females in Netflix shows but I think my list above is a good start. I love that there are good role models and examples on television that my daughter can enjoy when she does want to watch tv. I am all about killing two birds with one stone – getting tv time and learning from great female characters.