Sociology, Department of


Date of this Version

March 1987


Published in Social Science Quarterly 68:1 (March 1987), pp. 148-156. Copyright © 1987 University of Texas Press. Published for the Southwestern Social Science Association.


In a content analysis of children’s picture books, Weitzman et al, (1972) found females depicted far less often than males, and those females who were included tended to play traditional, stereotypical roles. The present study updates this research. Findings indicate that, while the ratio of females to males is now closer to parity, storybook characters continue to walk the well-worn paths of tradition.

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