American Girl is a wonderful doll company owned by Mattel that finds itself embroiled in a battle with conservatives over their support of Girls, Inc. through donations from every doll sold. Girls, Inc. supports civil rights across the board and that causes problems for those who do not choose to let a woman choose and for those who feel equal rights for all citizens is not a protected conceit in America.
Here’s the mission statement from the Girls, Inc. website:
Girls Inc. has empowered girls for over 141 years, first as Girls Clubs of America and since 1990 as Girls Incorporated. In centers across the country, generations of girls have learned their strengths, explored their worlds, prepared for productive, interesting lives, and offered each other the support necessary in dealing with the challenges of growing up. In addition, since 1992 Girls Inc. has provided over $1.8 million in college scholarships to girls who have become leaders in all walks of life and has played a crucial role in advancing girls’ rights through supporting legislation such as Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act.
The Pro-Life Action League claims this:
The Pro-Life Action League is alerting parents that a seemingly innocent self-esteem campaign launched by the popular American Girl doll company is helping to support the pro-abortion, pro-lesbian agenda of Girls Incorporated.
Enter… Concerned Women for America who say:
The American Girl Doll Company, owned by Mattel, continues its affiliation with Girls, Inc. despite the concerns of customers. Because of this, the American Family Association has joined the Pro-Life Action League in calling for a boycott of the doll company.
Girls, Inc. responds:
Recently, our mission to help girls develop their self-esteem and self-reliance has become the target of false, inflammatory statements from people who are pursuing a narrow political agenda.
Mattel, the maker of the American Girl doll line will end its contribution to Girls, Inc. next year.
I urge you this year to buy an American Girl doll and next year purchase nothing from Mattel and make a direct donation to Girls, Inc. instead.
Being a girl in America today just got a little sadder.