When I was a kid, my Mom never hesitated to open a couple cans of Green Giant to go with our dinner, usually green beans, and if we had been very good, creamed corn. ‘It’s why God invented cans,’ she would say. Today, we’re made to feel guilty if the food we serve our children isn’t organic, seasonal, local, Free Trade and free range.
I was thinking this week about how in some ways my mother’s generation was more liberated than my own. They bought into the liberation of technology, the ease and freedom of food in a box. Of course, I didn’t know the conversations between women back then, but I do know what they are now, and when I share them with my Mom, she just doesn’t get it. ‘Just open a couple cans for dinner tonight and forget about it,’ she’d say to my stress about getting a proper meal on the table, one that includes fresh veggies and food group diversity.
This post isn’t about my Mom’s affinity for those cans of green beans and corn, though. It’s actually about Wonder Woman, the television show I’d be watching when I could smell that creamed corn simmering on the stove for dinner. Wonder Woman was not afraid to kick some serious butt while wearing lipstick, hot pants and bulletproof bracelets. She wasn’t apologetic about the duality of her nature. She was a mother figure, a protector, extremely proficient at hand-to-hand combat, and also an advocate for love and peace. I want my daughters to love Wonder Woman as much as I did. They’ve got Dora the Explorer, she’s cute and feisty, but let’s face it, she’s also kind of annoying, and I’ve never seen her in hand-to-hand combat.
This week I’m looking for books (Middle Grade, Young Adult and Adult) with strong and feisty female main characters who embrace their dual natures. I’d like to highlight books that are promoting girls and women who are strong, fierce, and independent. Send in your favorites and we’ll post them next week, along with questions to ask the author of the number one suggested book.