From Eve to Euodia : Women's Representations in Children's Bibles
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The children's Bibles recommended by the Mainline Protestant Churches for children between the ages of three and five have fewer female characters than male characters, and the women are often poor quality representations. It is important to have equal representations in quantity and quality of women and men in children's Bibles because from ages three to five children are developing their gender schemas that will inform their understanding of gender roles for the rest of their lives. When looking at quantity it became clear that women's stories were consistently cut out to make room for male stories that tell a similar moral. Also, when looking at illustrations it was clear that discipleship was imagined as male because more men and boy were illustrated than women and girls. Finally, there are more stories about men than women after Jesus's resurrection. When looking at quantity the children's Bibles from most even to most unequal were The Family Story Bible, Spark Story Bible and The Path, Shine On, Children of God Storybook Bible, Frolic First Bible, and A First Story Bible. Quantity is also important because the more women there are, the more different and diverse role models there are for the girls reading the children's Bible.