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"Maya, Princess Scientist" is an eBook project with a constructive narrative about princesses and what they can contribute.
"Maya, Princess Scientist" is an eBook project with a constructive narrative about princesses and what they can contribute.
103 backers pledged $6,364 to help bring this project to life.

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"I have no idea where little girls pick up their infatuation with princesses." I can't tell you how many times I've heard it. I have an idea where they pick it up. Walk into any department store and look at the toy aisles. Check out the kids clothes section. Look at the books targeted to little girls. We tell our daughters to be vapid pretty princesses with nothing to contribute all the time, in 1000 subtle little ways.

As fathers, we had two choices: We could fight the system and try to convince our daughters that they *weren't* princesses, which felt like a losing battle, or we could try to help them define a princess as a strong, independent, hard-working woman who could help solve real problems and contribute something meaningful to society. We chose the latter.

"Maya, Princess Scientist" was born out of that desire. We've written the story. We've started developing the images. We just need some cash to produce the eBook. We want to change the world, one empowered little girl and enlightened little boy at a time. Help us make it happen!

Risks and challenges

We've got the book written, and some of the images made up. We're looking to get the project moving forward and the eBook produced asap. We know how to make it ourselves, but neither of us has the time. So we need to hire a producer to get it done. We can make this happen, but we need your help!

The major challenges and potential obstacles will be around potential production delays. We've identified several interested and quite talented folks with eBook production/design experience, but as we (the author and illustrator) are both doing this in our spare time, there is a potential that we'll run into delays on that end. There could also be unforeseen delays in the final decisions about how interactive we want the book to be. The more interactive we choose to make it, the longer the project may take. Those decisions have not yet been fully determined, although we have a good idea for how we want to proceed.

The author of the book, Jude Higdon-Topaz (that's me), has been working in eLearning and online journalism for over 15 years. I've developed several eBooks for academic purposes at the higher education level, including iBooks titled "Pharmacogenomics" and "Clinical Toxinology", as well as serving as a founding designer and contributing author of a collaborative eBook from the University of Minnesota titled "Cultivating Change in the Academy", https://cultivatingchange.wp.d.umn.edu. I believe we have the boots on the ground experience to make this project successful, despite the potential challenges. If we can wrangle 50 academics into writing an eBook together, this should be a piece of cake!

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