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Oral Presentations - Guzman 306

Presentation or Panel Title

Mother's Bed: The Importance of Balanced Gender Representation in Children's Literature

Location

Guzman 306

Start Date

4-23-2015 7:20 PM

End Date

4-23-2015 7:35 PM

Department

Humanities and Cultural Studies

Student Type

Adult Degree Completion Student

Faculty Mentor

Robert Bradford

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

This children's book and accompanying research paper both address gender inequity in children's literature. There is a significant imbalance of gender representation in children's literature, with the number of central male characters almost doubling that of central female characters. Additionally, the roles of males and females still tend to be stereotypical: boys are action-oriented and heroic, while girls are nurturing and passive. Further, it is believed that boys will only enjoy books about boys, while girls will enjoy books about both boys and girls. This imbalance in children's literature hurts both genders. Children not only learn to read from books, but they also learn about the society in which they live, how they are expected to act, and how they should perceive others from them. My research includes studying books and articles about children's literature and the importance of representation in books, as well as reading several children's books for both patterns of gender representation and for inspiration. As a result of my research, I have written a children's book with a female protagonist that includes well-rounded characters that reach beyond stereotypes and that appeal to all children, regardless of gender.

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Mother's Bed: The Importance of Balanced Gender Representation in Children's Literature

Guzman 306

This children's book and accompanying research paper both address gender inequity in children's literature. There is a significant imbalance of gender representation in children's literature, with the number of central male characters almost doubling that of central female characters. Additionally, the roles of males and females still tend to be stereotypical: boys are action-oriented and heroic, while girls are nurturing and passive. Further, it is believed that boys will only enjoy books about boys, while girls will enjoy books about both boys and girls. This imbalance in children's literature hurts both genders. Children not only learn to read from books, but they also learn about the society in which they live, how they are expected to act, and how they should perceive others from them. My research includes studying books and articles about children's literature and the importance of representation in books, as well as reading several children's books for both patterns of gender representation and for inspiration. As a result of my research, I have written a children's book with a female protagonist that includes well-rounded characters that reach beyond stereotypes and that appeal to all children, regardless of gender.