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Mum Puts Inspiring Feminist Notes In Her Daughter's Lunch Box Every Day

'Dinosaurs, bad puns and mum jokes.'

15/11/2016 11:06

Most children open their lunch box to find some cling-filmed sandwiches and a packet of crisps, but not Holden Elderkin

The 9-year-old looks forward to lunch every day as she discovers the daily drawings that her mum Meaghan has hidden for her at the bottom. 

The mum, from Rhode Island, US, has been drawing the sketches since her oldest daughter Holden was in pre-school - usually made up of “dinosaurs, bad puns and mum jokes”, she told The Huffington Post

But in the last couple of weeks, the drawings have shifted to have a far more inspiring message.

The Monday before the US election, Elderkin drew a “celebratory” napkin, anticipating a Clinton victory, writing on Facebook she explained: “It was of a dancing squirrel (a la Beyoncé in the Single Ladies video) that said, ‘Who run the world? Squirrels’.”

But following Clinton’s defeat, Elderkin told The Huffington Post she felt compelled to do something a little more profound with her artistic talents.

The mother-of-two said that her “sensitive” daughter had been really upset by Trump’s victory.

“I wanted to remind my daughter (and myself, I guess) that we’re still strong and powerful even when we’re afraid,” she said.

“A lot of strong women have come before us, and they’ve had to fight even scarier obstacles.”

Elderkin’s drawings in the last week have, instead of cute animals, included famous female faces like Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Susan Anthony, Lucille Ball and Malala Yousafzai – who Holden greatly admires. 

Elderkin has now shared her feminist drawings on Facebook (after them being a private ritual with her daughter for many years) and received over 22,000 likes in 24 hours. 

Now we want some too. 

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