Disparities in the representation of men and women especially in children’s books has long been an issue and a topic of discussion worldwide.
In 2011, academics at Florida State University in a research found that gender bias in books has existed for more than a century. They identified that from almost 6,000 picture books published between the years 1900 and 2000, the female animal protagonists constitutes to only 7.5%.
“If all children read is about princesses waiting to be saved by a prince, then the message they learn is that women are not as valuable as men – that we are not equals,” says Elena.
Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli’s Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, highlights some of the most brilliant, and inspiring women throughout history and is a new wave created in the history of children’s books.
It’s not to say there aren’t children’s books with strong female leads but the ratio is very poor that ultimately within the times of childhood itself the kids are meant to create a solid base that they are inferior and only a man can save them.
The Cavallo and Favilli’s book is now the most highly funded original book in the history of crowdfunding, there is clearly an appetite for much more