Boys have trucks. Girls have dolls. Boys are strong. Girls are graceful. Boys are doctors. Girls are nurses. Boys are policemen. Girls are meter maids. Boys are pilots. Girls are stewardesses. Boys fix things. Girls need things fixed. Boys are presidents. Girls are first ladies. Boys can eat. Girls can cook. Boys build houses. Girls keep houses. Boys invent things. Girls use what boys invent.
I’m Glad I’m a Boy – I’m Glad I’m a Girl By Whitney Darrow Jr. Published in 1970.




A study of one hundred years of children’s literature confirms significant and sustained gender inequality in children’s books.  A Florida State University study of 6000 books published from 1900 to 2000, including prestigious award winners, found that there is twice the likelihood that the books will feature a male protagonist or hero.  Even animal characters are most likely to be portrayed as male.  Early education and socialization is often tied to stories and picture books.  The repeated and dominant dismissal and marginalization of girls as heroines and problem solvers has been imposed and reinforced from the earliest states of childhood reading and viewing.

This was a book cover published in 2006, and only in 2016 was is revised to be slightly less sexist. Ironically, it offers up how a girl can be president – in the year girls learned it was going to be a lot harder than they thought.