This project was born after a research around the topic of gender equality and gender stereotypes.
Irene Biemmi, a researcher for the Department of Sciences of Education at Florence University who analysed a number of children’s books published by some of the most important Italian publishing houses has shown the results of her research in the essay “Educazione sessista, Stereotipi di genere nei libri delle elementari” (Sexist Education, Gender Stereotypes in Children’s Literature – Rosenberg and Sellier). This work shows that, in the books considered, there are 10 female protagonists for every 16 male ones. While a boy reading those books can choose between 50 different professions – among the others the king, the teacher, the knight, the sailor, the magician, the writer, the doctor, the poet, the engineer and of course the explorer – a girl only have 15 different options – the most represented are the princess, the fairy, the housewife, the witch.
This is a series of illustrated posters about the importance of representation of different models for girls in children literature.