Earlier this week former Blue Peter presenter, and all-round adventurer, Helen Skelton caused a stir saying children didn't care about the need for feminist characters, it was just what adults 'bored on' about.
To some degree she was right, children don't care, and adults do make it an issue. Though, that's exactly the point adults are adults and they should be concerned about such an issue, so as to avoid young people's horizons being limited and the capping of human potential.
So in line with my day job as a Sociology teacher I was pleased to find this American article, 9 Children's Books with a Feminist Message That Everyone Should Own, Reread and Give as Gifts Now, http://www.bustle.com/articles/85303-9-childrens-books-with-feminist-messages-that-everyone-should-own-reread-and-give-as-gifts-now .
It includes books known to an American, as well as British and International audiences. The cover of 'Rad American Women - A to Z' is a great quiz in itself, just how may of the women illustrated can you get, or think you can get?
Neil Gaiman gets a look in for providing strong female characters, with 'The Wolves in the Walls'. 'Olivia' the pig is also there. 'Amazing Grace' is there challenging more than one stereotype.
Roald Dahl's 'Matilda' also makes this list - and if you haven't seen it Tim Minchin's (the Australian comedian, composer, song-writer) musical version is an absolute spectacular treat, with brilliant young actors making for a feisty and magical Matilda.
And, a thought to ponder it's not just girls who need these feminist icons, to fulfil human potential and understanding, boys do too.