My interest in the genre started in the mid-to-late 1960's with my first Nancy Drew book, "The Secret in the Old Attic". This was an era when girls were groomed for traditional careers. I remember being asked in grade school, "What would you like to be when you grow up?" I noticed the other girls were saying "teacher or nurse", and the boys were saying "doctor or fireman" - the more traditional occupations. I think I said "teacher" and I wondered as I said it if there couldn't be more for us girls than a couple of choices. Anyway, the Nancy Drew books opened up my world and showed that girls could do other things, like use their 'pretty little heads' to solve crimes.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
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