Date of Award

Summer 1999

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology & Criminal Justice


Applied Sociology

Committee Director

Elizabeth Monk-Turner

Committee Member

Katarina Wegar

Committee Member

Judi Caron-Sheppard

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.S62 P63


The purpose of this study was to examine the gender role stereotyping that occurs in children's non-award winning literature. This vast selection of non-award winning books has been neglected by researchers when selecting a sample to study. Past research has concentrated on the Caldecott and Newbery Award Winning books, which are not the majority of those owned by public libraries, hence not the majority being read by young readers. The purpose of this study was not to provide a list of appropriate reading material for parents and educators to select from, but rather provide an awareness of the issues so that they can select literature that does not present limitations to either boys or girls.

This study concluded that females are still underrepresented in children's literature, both overall and in production roles (roles outside the home)in society. No authors, especially female authors, are making an attempt to change the status quo of picturing more male than female characters. This research found that male authors are more apt to depict both male and female characters outside the apt to depict both male and female characters outside the home, in the "male" arena, and female authors more often keeping both male and female characters in the home.


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