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Susan in the Driver's Seat (A Little Golden Book)Susan in the Driver's Seat by Kathi Gibeault
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Written in 1973, Susan in the Driver's Seat was my first view of feminism.

Kathi Gibeault tells the story of a little girl, Susan, who has been informed by her brother that she will have to sit in the passenger seat of their new pedal-car while he drives, because "Girls don't drive." She tries to have fun sitting in the back while her brother drives her around the neighborhood, making exciting "Vroom! Vroom!" sounds, but she feels disappointed and left out. She wants to drive, too, and its not fair that she can't, just because she's a girl.

When the children's mother hears about this, she takes them both on an exciting adventure around town, where she introduces them to her female friends who work in action-packed, non-traditional jobs for women. Not only do the children get the chance to see friends of their mommie defying gender roles, but many of her friends are non-Caucasian, further illustrating that marginalized groups can defy stereotypes and cross boundaries in male-dominated fields.


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