Question: How are women depicted in literature?
Answer: “Of the 171 selections analyzed, only 24had female authors; most stories depicted women in the traditional roles of housewife and mother; females shown as fully developed characters were either pre-menstrual or post-menopausal; women shown as professionals were teachers—‘old maids’ and heartless people.” G Hurst. 1973. P. 404.
Comment: Would the same be true today (2012)? How about in the media? RayS.
Title: “Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English: January 1, 1974 to June 30, 1974.” Daniel J Dieterich. Research in the Teaching of English (Winter 1974), 396-422.