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Speaking of Books series presents Professor Jo Paoletti

Posted: Mar 07, 2013

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A Conversation with Jo Paoletti

Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 4:30 - 6:00 PM

McKeldin Library Special Events Room (room 6137)


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.