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When We Were Free to BeLooking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made$
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Lori Rotskoff and Laura L. Lovett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807837238

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837559_rotskoff

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Mommies and Daddies

Mommies and Daddies

(p.49) Mommies and Daddies
When We Were Free to Be

Carol Hall

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses a newly conceived project by television star Marlo Thomas. Thomas felt passionately about gathering together a group of writers who would create a new kind of album of songs and stories for children, the likes of which had never been done before. It was to be called Free to Be … You and Me. It was the 1970s, and the rumble of feminism was being heard loud and clear across the land. Ms. magazine had burst onto the scene. The phrase “nonsexist child rearing” was a major issue on the feminist agenda. Marlo's album would break down gender-specific stereotypes and cliches of what defined girls' and boys' behavior.

Keywords:   television star, Marlo Thomas, stories for children, feminism, nonsexist child rearing, feminist agenda

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