One mom made sure her daughter's first-birthday-photoshoot would be empowering.
According to CafeMom, Rachel Goodland always wanted to raise a "strong girl". So when the time actually came, she made sure that was the case right off the bat. For the first birthday of her daughter, Charlotte Quinn's (who they just call Quinn), she orchestrated a photo shoot involving her baby a judge costume, a cake, and gavel, with the words "smash the patriarchy" hung across behind her.
The photos were posted on Goodland's Facebook page on April 30, 2019, and they've since gone viral for their outwardly empowering statement. The proud mom, knows that these pictures may upset some viewers, but these are the photos she wanted — and she's extremely happy with how they came out. They were inspired by an "epiphany" Godard had when she realized that she was taught to be more strong-willed at home, but was taught to suppress that when she went out into society.
"That made me think how many other girls started [out strong] and became something else because society or their family, or whoever, told them they should be a certain way?" says Goodland.
Once the idea was decided on, Goodland took to the web to get the necessary materials. The robe was found on Etsy, while the gavel was a little number she picked up while on a trip to China. She then got ahold of Yvette Michelle Portraits, who took the photos.
Now, after gaining attention around the world, commentators are split on how they feel about the sentiment behind it all. Some love the empowering nature of the portraits, while others feel children shouldn't be politicized in this manner. For the most part, however, the comments do seem to skew a little more towards the former than the latter.
The snapshots definitely give off the vibe that Quinn won't take any guff from boys, and it turns out, she's starting to develop a strong attitude to match the Judge Judy-inspired outfit.
"Her personality is strong and boisterous," Goodlad says. "She is the only girl at her daycare and [she] doesn't let anyone push her around."
We here at BabyGaga are all for this photoshoot. To start, it's adorable, and while we can sympathize with those who think it may be a little too political for their liking, we think the plan to empower daughters at a young age is important and this is just a fun way of getting the ball rolling for this baby.