“Roos in Shoes” by Tom Keneally (of Schindler’s Ark fame) is the first picture book I can recall seeing with a female character who is a political leader.
The book features a Prime Minister Anne Adair, who helps support a mob of kangaroos in their protest demonstration to to save the day against marauding developers who wish to evict the roos and the Drewe family from their farm.
“One day Prime Minister Anne Adair
arrived along with daughter, Clair.
They saw the roos in solemn lines
wearing their finest number nines.
Clair turned to her quite famous mother
and said, ‘Now listen, Mum, I’d rather
see those towers all torn down,
and put much further out of town.
Somewhere that won’t upset these creatures,
Somewhere that doesn’t have such features
and roos in shoes.'”
Half of her block-voting Ministry is female, too.
So what say ye? There are plenty of Queens, but have you noticed any other female PMs, Chancellors, Premiers, or Presidents in kidlit?
Categories: gender & feminism