Speaking of Books series presents Professor Jo Paoletti
A Conversation with Jo Paoletti
Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 4:30 - 6:00 PM
McKeldin Library Special Events Room (room
Join us for a discussion with Jo Paoletti,
Associate Professor of American Studies, and author of Pink and Blue:
Telling the Boys from the Girls in America.
Jo Paoletti’s journey
through the history of children’s clothing began when she posed the question,
“When did we start dressing girls in pink and boys in blue?” To uncover the
answer, she looks at advertising, catalogs, dolls, baby books, mommy blogs and
discussion forums, and other popular media to examine the surprising shifts in
attitudes toward color as a mark of gender in American children’s clothing. She
chronicles the decline of the white dress for both boys and girls, the
introduction of rompers in the early 20th century, the gendering of pink and
blue, the resurgence of unisex fashions, and the origins of today’s highly
gender-specific baby and toddler clothing.
The University Libraries have
hosted Speaking of Books since 2005, giving dozens of campus authors a forum to
engage the campus community.