I wrote an email full of links today, and I thought I'd just go ahead and share. They're important and heartbreaking and powerful and will make you angry. But check them out... for the sake of all the females in your life!
I know the woman who started Holding Out Help (http://holdingouthelp.org/). It's a great organization with an incredible start-up story. If you ever run into someone trying to unload a bunch of women's clothes or kids clothes, this is a good local organization to give it to.
This is a great parenting blog that I read on the New York Times: http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/ Beyond the actual blog entries, the commenters are usually very well-versed and have unique points of view. Here's are a couple on raising girls:
http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/28/loving-pink-for-boys-hating-it-for-girls/ (this one is particularly annoying to me, as I was raised with two brothers and essentially thought that girls' things were embarrassing and bad -- no pink! no barbies! -- and boys things were to be desired -- gun play! riding motorcycles! be tough!. It wasn't until I met a very put-together, smart, scarf-wearing professor in college that I realized you can be smart AND beautiful! Successful AND wear lipstick! So when I read these kinds of posts where mothers are forbidding their daughters from enjoying "girly" things, it makes me crazy. Everything in moderation and for the right reasons.