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Elena Favilli Francesca Cavallo ZVG
Elena Favilli Francesca Cavallo ZVG
Elena Favilli (l) und Francesca Cavallo (r) - Autorinnen ©Foto: ZVG

Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo created with Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls modern and inspiring stories. Each of them proves a world-changing power of a trusting heart. So explore wildly, be ambitious, take a leap and be your own kind of rebel.

What was the reason you’ve created the Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls?

It’s important for girls to see female role models. It helps them become more confident and set bigger goals for themselves. Research shows that by the time girls reach elementary school, they already have less confidence in themselves than boys. That’s why changing the narrative early on is so important.

If you could choose one Rebel Girl you would like to take to dinner and talk – who would it be?

That’s a tough one! It’s been magic to research and write about all these great examples of leadership, courage and compassion. I’m a huge tennis fan and it would be great to hear from her about some of her greatest triumphs and challenges.

That’s a tough one! It’s been magic to research and write about all these great examples of leadership, courage and compassion. I’m a huge tennis fan and it would be great to hear from her about some of her greatest triumphs and challenges.

What is the biggest aim you’ve wanted to achieve with your books?

I wanted to offer parents a conversation starter, to encourage them to teach their daughters, and their sons, that women don’t have to be saints or have magical powers to impact the world.

Where do you find your source of inspiration?

There is inspiration everywhere because there are women who are achieving great things all around the globe. So of course, I’m inspired by women throughout history like Serena Williams and Julia Childs. Mostly I’m inspired by the community that has been supporting the vision of rebel girls for a long time.

What would you tell a woman who wants to gain a foothold in a male-dominated job?

I want every little girl and every woman in the world to know that she can be anything they want. That they have the right to explore wildly, to be as ambitious as they want, and that – as Wang Zhenyi said – “Daughters can also be heroic.”

What was the reason you’ve created the Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls?

I had been working in the children’s media space for the past 5 years and witnessed from the inside how gender stereotypes still permeate books for children of all ages. Parents are offered little resources to counter this trend and they are especially concerned about the lack of strong female role models in children’s media. That’s why I decided to create this book.

It’s important for girls to see female role models. It helps them become more confident and set bigger goals for themselves. I’m in my 30s, I’m a female entrepreneur, and I know firsthand how hard it is to be considered, to be given a chance. Research shows that by the time girls reach elementary school, they already have less confidence in themselves than boys. That’s why changing the narrative early on is so important.

If you could choose one Rebel Girl you would like to take to dinner and talk – who would it be?

That’s a tough one! It’s been magic to research and write about all these great examples of leadership, courage and compassion. It might be fun to have dinner with Julia Child so that we can talk about some of her famous recipes. But if I were forced to choose, I might select Serena Williams. I’m a huge tennis fan and it would be great to hear from her about some of her greatest triumphs and challenges.

What is the biggest aim you’ve wanted to achieve with your books?

The aim of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is to change the stories we tell our children. To create space, around bedtime, for parents and children to end the day with a bit of inspiration through stories about real women who have done extraordinary things. I wanted to offer parents a conversation starter, to encourage them to teach their daughters, and their sons, that women don’t have to be saints or have magical powers to impact the world.

Where do you find your source of inspiration?

There is inspiration everywhere because there are women who are achieving great things all around the globe. So of course, I’m inspired by women throughout history like Serena Williams and Julia Childs. Mostly I’m inspired by the community that has been supporting the vision of rebel girls for a long time. A girl once told me that during career day in her elementary school she said she wanted to become a surgeon.

One of the boys told her: “Girls can’t be surgeons!” She didn’t take offense to his objection. She just shrugged it off and replied: “You clearly haven’t read the Rebel Girls’ book, have you?” This is a simple, but an incredibly powerful exchange that is indicative of the type of impact Rebel Girls is having. And its stories like this one continue to inspire me today.

What would you tell a woman who wants to gain a foothold in a male-dominated job?

I want every little girl and every woman in the world to know that she can be anything they want. That they have the right to explore wildly, to be as ambitious as they want, and that – as Wang Zhenyi said – “Daughters can also be heroic.” That message applies to any and every career field, whether male-dominated or not.

Good Night Stories
for Rebel Girls

by Elena Favilli /
Francesca Cavallo


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