A dad took photos of his daughter as history-making women, and they are incredible.

What better way to learn about important women in history than with beautiful photos starring an adorable 5-year-old girl?

Photographer Marc Bushelle, who's also the proud father of his subject, Lily, created this photo series, called "The Heroines Project," because he both wanted to spend quality family time with his wife and daughter and teach his daughter about strong heroines in history.

"I thought this also could be a great way to build her confidence and sense of self worth," Bushelle told Upworthy. "This series was inspired by another photographer who did something similar with her daughter."


In addition to viewing his work on his website above, be sure to like his Facebook page. You don't want to miss this kind of talent!

Bushelle's wife, Janine Harper, wrote each photo description below.

Here's Lily as smart and strong leader Admiral Michelle J. Howard.

Photo of Admiral Michelle J. Howard in the public domain. Second image by Marc Bushelle/Marc Bushelle Photography.

"On July 1, 2014, Michelle J. Howard made history by becoming the first female four-star admiral in the U.S. Navy and the highest-ranking black woman in the military. She was referenced in the Tom Hanks movie 'Captain Phillips' because Admiral Howard played a role in rescuing the actual Captain Phillips from Somali pirates. She was raised in a military family in Aurora, Colorado. In 1982, Howard graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy. She earned a master's degree from Army's Command and General Staff College in 1998. Her current ranking was not the first time she made history. She was the first black woman to take command of a U.S. Navy warship in 1999, the USS Rushmore. Never shying from a challenge, Howard has vowed to make tackling sexual assault within the Navy an important issue to allow others to achieve their goals."

Here's Lily making history as Mae Jemison.

Photo of Mae Jemison in the public domain. Second image by Marc Bushelle/Marc Bushelle Photography.

"Dr. Mae Jemison was the first African-American woman to be accepted to NASA's astronaut training program. She was also the first to go into outer space aboard the Endeavor in 1992. She was a Peace Corps volunteer and was working as a doctor when she was inspired by Sally Ride to change careers."

Lily is ready to fly the skies as Bessie Coleman.

Photo of Bessie Coleman in the public domain. Second image by Marc Bushelle/Marc Bushelle Photography.

"Bessie Coleman was the first African-American to hold an international pilot license and the first African-American woman to pilot a plane in the U.S. Unable to become a pilot in the U.S., she studied French and went to Europe. When she returned, she became a sensation for her ability to do barrel rolls, wing walks, and loop-de-loop trick aviation."

These photos are inspirational and educational all in one!

When Bushelle and his wife started the photo project, they intended it for their daughter and family. However, once they realized how much of an impact the photos were having, they decided to share them.

"It really is something special when someone tells you how much this series has touched them and that their daughters and sons are being inspired, learning and envisioning them self as trailblazers too," Bushelle told Upworthy.

"Another great thing that has come from the series so far is that the same thing seems to be happening with adults too. The best thing in the world is being able to grow and learn with your kids."

The photos also reflect the importance of empowering young children through art.

"One of my favorite parts is connecting with my daughter and watching her glow when she embodies these heroines," Bushelle said. "I love when she talks about them and is so excited about what they have accomplished and compares herself to them."

But perhaps most touching of all?

Bushelle shared something with me that he hadn't yet told anyone: "I want my daughter to be proud of me. When I am not here anymore, I want her to be able to look back at these images and remember this time, smile and keep being the trailblazer that I know she will be. She is my heroine."

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While most 10-year-olds are playing Minecraft, riding bikes, or watching YouTube videos, Justin Sather is intent on saving the planet. And it all started with a frog blanket when he was a baby.

"He carried it everywhere," Justin's mom tells us. "He had frog everything, even a frog-themed birthday party."

In kindergarten, Justin learned that frogs are an indicator species – animals, plants, or microorganisms used to monitor drastic changes in our environment. With nearly one-third of frog species on the verge of extinction due to pollution, pesticides, contaminated water, and habitat destruction, Justin realized that his little amphibian friends had something important to say.

"The frogs are telling us the planet needs our help," says Justin.

While it was his love of frogs that led him to understand how important the species are to our ecosystem, it wasn't until he read the children's book What Do You Do With An Idea by Kobi Yamada that Justin-the-activist was born.

Inspired by the book and with his mother's help, he set out on a mission to raise funds for frog habitats by selling toy frogs in his Los Angeles neighborhood. But it was his frog art which incorporated scientific facts that caught people's attention. Justin's message spread from neighbor to neighbor and through social media; so much so that he was able to raise $2,000 for the non-profit Save The Frogs.

And while many kids might have their 8th birthday party at a laser tag center or a waterslide park, Justin invited his friends to the Ballona wetlands ecological preserve to pick invasive weeds and discuss the harms of plastic pollution.

Justin's determination to save the frogs and help the planet got a massive boost when he met legendary conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall.

Photo courtesy of Justin Sather

At one of her Roots and Shoots youth initiative events, Dr. Goodall was so impressed with Justin's enthusiasm for helping frogs, she challenged the young activist to take it one step further and focus on plastic pollution as well. Justin accepted her challenge and soon after was featured in an issue of Bravery Magazine dedicated to Jane Goodall.

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