Melissa Atkins Wardy is the creator and owner of Pigtail Pals & Ballcap Buddies, a company that offers empowering apparel and gifts to full of awesome kids at www.pigtailpals.com. PPBB was launched in 2009 and now ships orders around the world. PPBB has become a large social media advocacy group and popular blog on issues involving gender stereotypes and the sexualization of childhood. Melissa’s book “Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween” will be published by Chicago Review Press in January 2014. Melissa is also an Exceutive Director of the Brave Girls Alliance, a think tank of experts, parents, and activists calling for better media for our girls. Melissa is a graduate of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and lives with her husband and two young children in beautiful Wisconsin. You can read her blog at: http://blog.pigtailpals.com or find her on Facebook (Pigtail Pals) and Twitter (@PigtailPals).

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