An 8-year-old Mighty Girl has won a victory for gender equality in children’s books after a major publisher agreed to stop labeling books “for boys” and “for girls” following her petition drive. Els of London, England was annoyed to discover that an enticing pirate book in the Scholastic book fair catalog was titled “for Boys”. After her mother Leone told her to “stop griping and do something,” Els set up a petition calling on the publisher to stop dividing books by gender and began collecting signatures at her school.
Scholastic UK was very responsive and removed the “boys” and “girls” sections on its online Book Wizard and pledged to no longer publish books that declare they are for a specific gender in the title. Els was thrilled by the response and explained to The Independent why she believes that this is an important change:
“Girls may not like things that are labelled ‘for girls’, they might want a monster book labelled ‘for boys’. Books should be for everyone and we all like different things. If you tell a girl she could not have one of the books she likes, when she grows up she might feel lonely because she thinks that all the other girls like pretty, pink princesses and she doesn’t… I don’t want my friends to grow up being sad and lonely because they think they are different. They should be happy because we are all different and different is the best.”
Kudos to Els for taking a stand against gender stereotyping! To read more in The Independent, visit http://ind.pn/1DMovRE — you can also learn about more UK campaigns focused on ending gender stereotyping at Let Toys Be Toys – For Girls and Boys.
For many books about both real-life and fictional girls and women taking a stand against gender stereotypes, visit our “Gender Discrimination” section athttp://www.amightygirl.com/…/soci…/prejudice-discrimination…
An important step toward achieving greater gender equality is to end gender stereotyping of children — for three excellent books that explore this topic and offer advice to parents and educators, check out “The Truth About Girls and Boys: Challenging Toxic Stereotypes About our Children” (http://www.amightygirl.com/the-truth-about-girls-and-boys), “Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference” (http://www.amightygirl.com/delusions-of-gender), and “Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps — And What We Can Do About It” (http://www.amightygirl.com/pink-brain-blue-brain).
And, for hundreds of books for children and teens that show there are no limits to where girls’ dream can take them, visit A Mighty Girl’s extensive book collection — which is sortable by theme and age using the filters on the left menu — athttp://www.amightygirl.com/books
Thanks to JD and DRS