This Upcoming Children's Book Is Teaching Little Girls Not To Apologise For Themselves
In the heavily gendered society that we live in, young children grow up with the idea that boys wear blue, girls wear pink, boys like football, girls like ballet, boys are loud, girls are quiet. The list could go on. These kinds of stereotypes are severely damaging to the next generation of females, who will be encouraged to act certain ways just because they are a girl.
A children's picture book to highlight the realities of the gender apology gap is coming to bookstores and online outlets next month. The gender apology gap is the underlying societal issue where young girls and women are expected to apologise for who they are and what they do, whilst no apology is needed from their male counterparts. The Girl Who Said Sorry is about a little girl trying to navigate herself in the world, whilst being made to feel like she should apologise for who she is.
The book was written by Hayoung Yim, 'with hopes of helping young girls make sense of confusing and suppressive expectations, and to assert themselves with confidence.'
Feminist children's books have become increasingly popular this year, with Chelsea Clinton's She Persisted and Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls hitting shelves just to name a couple. Here's hoping that with the help of them plus The Girl Who Said Sorry's pending release on October 5th, little girls will have some pretty wonderful bookshelves to work their way through.