Renita Schmidt and her collaborators in the College of Education’s Language, Literacy, and Culture program have been rethinking the definition of what it means to be a “strong girl.” A strong girl isn’t just a girl acting with stereotypical masculine traits. Rather, strong girls can also be emotive, flawed and feminine. Schmidt is co-director of the Strong Girls Read Strong Books Book Club working with 4th- to 6th-grade girls reading and responding to books with strong female protagonists. She also chairs the Notable Books for a Global Society committee, a book selection award that works to enhance teacher and student understanding of people and cultures around the world.
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