Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

Agents or Objects: Which will you be?

Are women and girls primarily agents in their own lives or objects to fulfill the needs in the lives of others? This question was brought forward very strongly to me when … Continue reading

November 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

See It and Be It: Debbie Sterling builds a new story for girls

Meet Goldie, the girl inventor who loves to build! These are the words that greet you when you visit the GoldieBlox website. As the mom of STEM (science, technology, engineering, … Continue reading

September 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Objectification: Body Image and Young Children

Body Image Issues: 6-Year-Old Girl Worries She Is Fat – ABC News. In the article linked above, a six-year-old girl talks about needing to lose weight and a group of … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · 5 Comments

Does Media Matter: How does media impact children?

As a blogger, speaker, and activist, I often hear from people who do not believe that media and marketing really impact children. These people seem quite certain that children can … Continue reading

June 10, 2013 · 2 Comments

Strong, fearless and adventurous, I’ll take that!

I opened an email from Disney to see this headline -” Presenting Princess Merida: Strong, fearless and adventurous.” The link took me to the newly launched Merida site, which features … Continue reading

May 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Why Merida Matters: The great makeover debate

My friends and colleagues have written much and well about the Merida redesign by Disney. But others have wondered why it’s a big deal for Merida, the strong and feisty … Continue reading

May 19, 2013 · 11 Comments

Does Media Matter: Media and the Self

One of the things that I hear quite often when I talk about why media matters is the idea that children and adolescents understand that media does not depict reality. … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 · 9 Comments
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