When Sharita Manickam’s daughter was born, she wrote a poem for her to let her know of all the things she could be in the future.
During the 2016 presidential election a few years later, Manickam and her friend Jen Bruno noticed that many young girls and their own children were thrilled at the prospect of a woman as president.
The interest inspired Manickam and Bruno to create a book out of the poem Manickam had written for her daughter, so that young girls knew it was possible to have a career in a number of professions that are typically male-dominated.
The 38-page book, “Rad Girl Revolution,” features 30 professions, including a scientist, judge, artist, astronaut, chef, engineer, paleontologist, news anchor and doctor. “Rad” stands for Rise Above Doubt and Reach Any Dream.
Although books such as “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls,” “She Persisted,” and “Little Leaders” inspired them, Manickam and Bruno wanted to create a book where every little girl could see themselves represented in the pages.
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