Last year I was introduced to one of the coolest girls I know. Her name is Katie. Dozens of people sent me her story, saying I had to reach out to her. I read the story and instantly wanted to offer little Katie support so I reached out to her mom and said I’d like to send Katie some Pigtail Pals stuff for her and her sisters. Many emails and phones calls since that time, I now consider the family to be good friends, and Katie is still one of the coolest kids around.
You might know Katie….you know, The Star Wars Girl? Her story went viral about a year ago, and people all over fell in love with the darling little girl with a love of Star Wars. Katie was in first grade and being bullied by her boy classmates for, of all things, having a Star Wars water bottle. She was told girls can’t like Star Wars. She told her mom, through tears, she would just take a pink one instead to avoid being harassed. Her mom told her to follow her heart, and that it was okay to be different. Katie’s mom, Carrie, wrote a blog post about the situation and in days thousands and thousands of comments offering Katie support came pouring in.
Join us on December 16, 2011 for Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars. Last year the Internet held a day of support for a little girl who was brave enough to be different. Pigtail Pals celebrates all girls, and we’d love to have you and your kiddos participate!
Celebrate this day of anti-bullying by wearing something Star Wars or science/science fiction-related. Show your support of girls who love science, adventure, and are brave enough to be different from the tide of pink and pretty surrounding them.
Katie’s family has also suggested donating a Star Wars or science fiction toy to a child in need this holiday season. PLEASE put a post-it note on the new, unwrapped toy specifying that it can go to a girl or a boy; otherwise, these traditional “boy toys” will be given only to boys. You can bring the toy to a hospital, a shelter, or drop it off with any organization collecting toys.
I’m off to go find an Ewok t-shirt so that I can support my buddy Katie, and girls everywhere just like her.