• M
  • ENG, GB
  • 2 years ago

Not great women, not great men, great people?

I recently had friends over for dinner and started discussing these books. It is absolutely the most wonderful series of books, and I love reading them to my little boy (and recommend them to all). However, there are no books in the series which feature great men too. My friend was very adamant that this is simply “all history books” which is something I absolutely understand (and agree with). But my point to her, was that if we don’t start focusing on *people* who achieved greatness, as opposed to men, or women, aren’t we perpetuating gender stereotypes? Would love to hear other people’s thoughts on this one
  • E
  • Elk Grove, United States
  • 10 months ago

I love these books but there is also another series called ordinary people change the world and they have little books about men and women. Personally though it didn’t bother me that little people big dreams didn’t do men.

  • M
  • Portland, United States
  • a year ago

I Iove these books since they direct much needed attention to powerful women in history. The perspective of women is often skimmed over or ignored in our society. Saying we should instead “focus on great people” is ignoring the reality of white male privilege and staggering inequality that has existing for thousands of years. And I agree that both little boys and girls should be educated on these subjects so that they can work together towards equality and justice for all.

  • M
  • Arlington Heights, United States
  • a year ago

I totally see your point, but I thought I have seen Muhammad Ali, David Bowie, Gandhi and Stephen Hawking as part of the series as well. These are just a handful of males, and perhaps there are others that I have not come across yet? I am very much on board with focusing on great people and not just a specific gender or nationality or whatever other distinction.

  • A
  • Greenfield, United States
  • 2 years ago

I don’t understand what you mean when you say “all of history is like that and I agree” when you talked about there not being men who did great things in history.

  • S
  • Saint Cloud, United States
  • 2 years ago

What you’re saying is what I’m preaching all the time. I can’t stand it, honestly when women get put on a pedestal just because we are women. Like guys, that’s just not how equality works. What cool books though! 😍 I’ve been wanting them, myself!

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