A CHILDREN’S book has put a twist on fairy tales showing independent women “doing it for themselves”.
Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel use their own skills to create their happily-ever-afters in Fairer Tales: Princesses Doing it for Themselves.
Award-winning author Emma Dodd depicted Cinderella wearing her own snazzy trainers instead of uncomfortable glass slippers, and going on to launch her own shoe company.
Rapunzel refuses to wait for a Prince to rescue her by scaling up her hair. Instead she cuts it off to use as a rope so she can escape the castle herself.
The new book sees Sleeping Beauty saving her pocket money before she sleeps, so she can wake up to huge savings.
Psychologist Laverne Antrobus, from TV show The Secret Life of 4 and 5 year olds, said: “From early childhood, gender stereotyping through popular culture and the stories we tell our children plays a key role in shaping attitudes towards key issues such as finance.
“Ensuring that both boys and girls can see empowered female characters is important in building confidence and understanding of what girls can achieve independently.”
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Copies of the book will be distributed to primary schools across the country in a bid to help build the confidence of both young girls and boys.
It has been released after research found there are differing levels of financial confidence between boys and girls.
Almost two thirds of girls claimed they didn’t “understand money” compared to just 52 per cent of boys of the same age.
Girls were also less likely to think they were good with their pocket money compared to boys.
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