100 Women: 'We can't teach girls of the future with books of the past' by Valeria Perasso
This article has been published on the BBC website. It begins:
In a textbook for students in Tanzania, boys are strong and athletic, while girls just look proud of their pretty frilly dresses.
In a primary school reader in Haiti, pupils learn that mothers "take care of the kids and prepare the food" as fathers work "in an office".
There's a Pakistani illustrated book where all politicians, authoritative and powerful, are male.
In Turkey, a cartoon of a boy shows him dreaming of becoming a doctor.
Meanwhile a girl imagines herself as a future bride in white gown.
The list goes on - and knows no geographical boundaries.