This Start-up Is Empowering Girls, One Children's Book at a Time
I am in the first semester of my second year and recently started working with Her Little Story, an amazing start-up media company that introduces young girls to dynamic female leaders. The idea is to feature incredible women and give each young girl an opportunity to discover the power of her own potential.
Lara Avsar (featured above), the founder of HLS, is also a #BarnardBabe. She was the president of the Student Government Association and a member of Delta Gamma sorority. Before arriving at Barnard, she grew up in Alabama with no female role models outside of her immediate family. She did not realize that was a problem until she went to Barnard and found herself surrounded by incredible female mentors in New York City. Lara graduated in 2011, traveled the world, worked in NYC and India and went on to Harvard Business School. She decided that something needed to be done to introduce girls at a younger age to incredible women. After one year at HBS, she dropped out to focus on Her Little Story full time.
Her Little Story is a media company with a strong mission. Seventy-two percent of girls feel society limits them, and media is the biggest culprit. Self esteem in young girls peaks at age 9. These are statistics that Her Little Story is trying to change. We want to provide these young girls with real life role models - activists, businesswomen, researchers and other women who are pushing the boundaries of their profession through our products.
The first Her Little Story issue, Not So Perfect Deb, features current Barnard College President Debora Spar (see above image). It's available for pre-order now, and a kids' stationery set featuring her character is also in the works. Both writer Brittany Richmond and illustrator Charlotte Fassler did a fantastic job sharing bits and pieces from Debora's childhood.
We are very excited to share that, for our second issue, we will be featuring Joanna Coles, the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and editorial director of Seventeen.
If you want to get involved, Her Little Story has a (very pink) @herlilstory Instagram featuring women of all ages giving advice to their 9-year-old selves - even you can participate!
Cambio and Her Little Story both believe that every girl is the protagonist in her own life. #FutureProtagonist
"Believe in yourself and your mission. Nobody is going to believe in your dreams as much as you do so when you dream, make sure to dream BIG!" - Lara Avsar