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Breakthrough children’s books offer real girls over pink princesses

 Big Issue North - UK 03 June 2019

Big Issue North’s Antonia Charlesworth loves reading to her two young daughters – and they love it too. But it was only when she found herself reading a bizarre tale about a grandma waxing her legs to receive a gentleman caller that she realised the 116 children’s books on their shelves were full of gender stereotypes, pink princesses and helpless girls. Only three represented women and girls positively. She calculates the damaging effect of gender stereotypes in children’s publishing – and discovers some inspiring alternatives. (1941 Words) - By Antonia Charlesworth

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