ERIC Number: ED213008
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Early Experiences with Women's Biographies.
Too often books have been published with contrived and unnatural nonsexist messages. Teachers searching for good nonsexist literature need to consider the potential contributions of biographies, especially women's biographies, written for young children's listening and reading enjoyment. Women in well-selected biographies are assertive, independent, achievement-oriented, and adventurous--women who have made significant contributions to their society. As children vicariously experience the lives of these women, their stereotypes of women's roles can be replaced by more open and flexible concepts of these roles. The specific women's biographies will vary according to children's needs and interests. However, variety is essential to demonstrate what women have achieved in many areas and under various conditions. Among the good biographies to introduce to young children are "The Two Worlds of Beatrix Potter"; "Grandma Moses, Favorite Painter"; "Harriet and the Runaway Book"; "Jane Goodall"; "Maria Mitchell, Stargazer"; "Rosa Parks"; "Rose Kennedy"; and "Martha Berry." (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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