Fairytales after 50: Cinderella

My friend is the CEO at an IT consulting company. One day she told me, “I’m not letting my daughter watch Cinderella, because I don’t want her to think she needs a man to save her.”

Cinderella is one of my favorite stories and I shared why.

Cinderella is a story about a young girl who somehow found herself in a bad situation. She dreams of personal freedom.

Another woman (the fairy godmother) mentors her through a transformation. She gives her the tools that she needs to stop dreaming and start living.

With newfound confidence, a new dress and amazing shoes, Cinderella crashes a party and meets the man of her dreams. The Prince didn’t save her, he just found her shoe and returned it. The fairy godmother helped her save herself.

The fairy godmother guided Cinderella just like Yoda mentored Luke Skywalker. We need more stories about women helping women.