My five brilliant nieces are marching their way toward adolescence (well, one of them is technically crawling her way there at this time), and while I do my best to introduce them to the joys of science, Star Wars, sports, and all the possibilities for women in general, I recognize there are still a lot of forces working against them in those arenas.

So I was thrilled when I learned¬†about Erin Bried’s new Kickstarter project¬†for¬†KAZOO magazine, a publication for¬†girls ages 5‚Äď10 that is designed, with the help of some very impressive names, to¬†promote creativity, curiosity, exploration, and fun, across¬†topics like science, technology, art, sports, and travel.

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Erin has recruited a stellar¬†cast of diverse contributors and subjects to¬†fill the first issue. It starts with¬†Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award winner and author of¬†Brown Girl Dreaming, who’s¬†in with a roundup of her favorite books. (I’ll have what she’s reading!) Scientist Meenakshi Wadhwa¬†drops by to teach our girls¬†about meteor showers, while NYC’s cult hero¬†“chefpreneur”¬†Fany Gerson¬†offers a recipe for Mexican ice pops.

Kids also get a hands-on intro to¬†artist¬†Mickalene Thomas, whose fierce, rhinestone-bedazzled portraits have been featured in the world’s finest museums, thanks to¬†a color-and-glitter-by number version of one of her powerful female¬†paintings.

Apologies in advance for that one, parents.

Considering the¬†drop in confidence girls experience in adolescence and¬†the disparity that still exists between women and men in the sciences, it’s never too¬†early to get girls¬†excited about all kinds of subjects.


The science behind meteors and some great reading: two more reasons to support the KAZOO Magazine fundraiser.

An original comic and a color-by-number portrait? Yes please! | Kazoo Magazine Kickstarter

Kazoo magazine Kickstarter
It’s no surprise that I’m not the only one thrilled to get on board with this Kickstarter; there¬†are already more than 1,000 backers hoping to ensure¬†KAZOO Magazine reaches its lofty fundraising goals, and provide¬†girls with one more resource for finding strong (and fabulous) role models to¬†make it even more fun to discover¬†science and the arts.

Now that’s a cause I want to cheer for, for the five special girls in my life.

Especially if it means I get one of those awesome Rosie the Riveter t-shirts¬†—¬†yours with a $30 donation.

Check out the KAZOO Magazine Kickstarter, which has until April 26, 2016 to reach its fundraising goal. Rewards start at $20 and include a one-year subscription and cool book tote for $85.