Girl Power for Boys: 10 Action-Packed Shows Featuring Powerful Girls

March 28, 2017 | By Brent Almond | POP CULTURE, THINGS MY KID DIGS

Typical boy. All boy. Boys will be boys. I cringe every time I hear those phrases — whether used to praise, admonish, excuse, or label a boy; especially when it’s my boy. And especially when it’s me saying it about my boy.

Stereotypes are convenient, yet entirely dismissive of a child’s ability (and need) to experience beyond what society expects of them. As his father, I strive to fill my son’s eyes, ears, and mind with all the richness and diversity the world has to offer. And as he’s got two dads, making sure he’s surrounded by strong females is at the top of that list.

In addition to the real women in our lives, superheroes have been a way to introduce Girl Power to my son. From the books we read, to the notes I put in his lunch, and of course the TV shows and movies we watch — he’s never lacking for examples of strong, wondrous women.

Below are 10 of the best examples of Girl Power shows for boys* currently on Netflix, all “Boy Approved” by my “all boy” boy.

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Powerful Girl:
STEALTH ELF
Show: Skylanders Academy

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girl power for boys - skylanders

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Powerful Girl: NYA
Show: LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
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Powerful Girl: CLAIRE
Show: Trollhunters 

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girl power for boys - trollhunters

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Powerful Girls: PINK RANGER, YELLOW RANGER
Show: Power Rangers (most seasons)
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girl power for boys - power rangers  

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Powerful Girl: BATGIRL
Show: The Batman
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Girl Power for Boys - batgirl

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Powerful Girl: VIOLET BAUDELAIRE
Show: A Series of Unfortunate Events
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Girl Power for Boys - A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Powerful Girl: MISS MARTIAN
Show: Young Justice
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girl power for boys - miss martian

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Powerful Girl: PENNY
Show: Inspector Gadget
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Girl Power for Boys - Inspector Gadget

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Powerful Girl: AHSOKA TANO
Show: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
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Girl Power for Boys - Star Wars

 

Powerful Girl: LADYBUG
Show: Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir
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Girl Power for Boys - Ladybug

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Girl Power for Boys?

Though I’m sure many girls enjoy these shows, most were created for and marketed primarily to boys. My son, being a “typical” boy, loves ninjas, dinosaurs, aliens, and superheroes. These powerful girls show up where he imagines, plays, and watches. And while it’s frustrating that many are supporting characters, I’m encouraged that they’re shown not only as equals, but often as superior in their strength, intelligence, loyalty, and imagination. And on rare occasions, the girl rescues the boy.

What examples of Girl Power shows does your family enjoy the most?

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