Raise your hand if you've ever been told you can't do something because you're female.
Well, thanks to trailblazing women like Kathryn Johnson, girls today are hearing it less and less. Kathryn Johnson did something that no girl had ever done before her - played in a Little League game. She knew she was good. She knew she was better than most boys. So why the heck couldn't she play with them? Her mother agreed - and encouraged her to try out for the team anyway! Inspired, Kathryn decided to do just that - as a boy.
I mean, talk about a brave kid! She asked her mom to chop off her pigtails, stuffed the rest of her hair in a cap and off she went. And she pulled it off, too! But after a while, it was too stressful - she couldn't keep up the charade any more, and told her coach that she was actually a girl. And guess what her coach did? Shrugged and said, "Yeah, and?"
Kathryn's story is amazing, but there's an important thing to know. Kathryn was the first girl to play Little League - but it was TWENTY-FOUR MORE YEARS until girls were officially allowed to! The year after Kathryn played, Little League explicitly banned girls from playing. I mean, COME ON. And it was a struggle for girls years after. But WE DON'T GIVE UP. You tell us no, and we'll KEEP ON COMING. Perfect for 5-7 year olds, check out this fab book to inspire your little girls and boys. Girls can't do [X]? Who says??
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