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Educational Leadership, Research and Technology


The women's movement in the early 1970s heralded exploration of the way females were depicted in illustrations and text as "traditional and passive." The role models presented to little girls tended to consist primarily of mothers, housewives, teachers, and nurses--the "women's" jobs. At play, girls were often sketched as standing quietly by as the boys ran, jumped, and explored. In short, feminist groups felt that "in our culture there is a tendency to describe women in one of two ways: as crafty, manipulating, vindictive creatures or as naive, well-meaning but ineffectual beings." It is the basic premise of this paper to explore recently published basal readers and their presentation of stereotyped concepts to students.


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Honors Thesis-Campus Only