Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker

Don't Conform, Transform

To My Daughter on Her 10th Birthday

It seems like yesterday that I was holding you as a newborn, warm and soft with a head full of dark hair. You were so tiny, so dependent on me … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Raising peacemakers in a pink and blue world

Today I presented at the Peace Conference at Abilene Christian University. I got the chance to share some of the research that I’m conducting on how gendered marketing impacts children. … Continue reading

March 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Girls and Pink Toys Part 1: Is it Biology?

In the past weeks, there has been quite a bit of talk about Goldieblox and the ways that they and other toys companies (such as Lego) ┬áhave tried to promote … Continue reading

December 2, 2013 · 3 Comments

Things we should say more often

Last night I finished an amazing month long workshop on self-concept with some girls in my community. Each week we talked about who we are, how to become strong and … Continue reading

November 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Living to enrich the world

“You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the … Continue reading

November 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

An Open Letter to Justin Lookadoo

As the mother of 3 girls in the Texas public school system, the story of Justin Lookadoo’s controversial, gender stereotyped speech at Richardson High School hit me hard. My 14 … Continue reading

November 17, 2013 · 19 Comments

Talking with Kids about Sexuality: Toddlers

One question that comes up a lot on my Facebook page is how parents can begin to address the topic of sexuality early in their child’s life. If we’re not … Continue reading

November 1, 2013 · Leave a comment


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