Tom Whipple complains, in The Times, about the dominance of male characters in children’s fiction.
Do you agree with him?
Even in those books with strong female characters — such as the excellent Sadie the shark in What’s More Scary Than a Shark? — the lead is male. In Donaldson’s latest, The Scarecrows’ Wedding, the female scarecrow is barely a foil. Betty O’Barley hangs around at home weaving a dress while her menfolk, Harry O’Hay and Reginald Rake (the roguish standout character), have adventures and fight over her.
Aside from the scattered feminist beacons of The Railway Children, Pippi Longstocking, Matilda and Hermione Granger (in a book starring a boy), there seems to be a persistent trend: children’s books rarely contain girls in a serious role. Neither does children’s TV. An analysis of Disney films found that 90 per cent of the dialogue in Toy Story, The Lion King and Aladdin is by male characters. Even in Frozen, a film marketed on the basis of its female protagonists, 57 per cent of the lines are still given to males.
from (subscription firewall) http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/childrens-books-have-lost-the-plot-on-portraying-girls-qrbnkcbdr