Then I saw this clip, and I was reminded of my own girl-power-90s upbringing and all the positive messaging I got when I was really young about how I could be anything I wanted to.
This message changes. There's no middle ground. For the girls in between Sesame Street age and highly-motived high school and college students, there aren't a lot of options for positive, age-appropriate role modeling. When I was 14 I looked up to TV characters like Xena: Warrior Princess, but I didn't have any examples of characters my age who were good role models.
Maybe at 21 years old I'm getting out of touch, but are there positive, age-appropriate TV/movie characters, that are relatively current for girls in their tweens and teens?