The book “How much do you know about football?” recently released. Outside. A test book about football for children between the ages of six and twelve.
Of the 520 questions, ten are about women’s soccer.
Private Librarian Response Ann elizabeth caldwell from Deichmanske Library in Oslo at
– I expect more from the publisher, to be honest, says Caldwell.
In the women’s soccer category, one question concerns former male national team coach Martin Sjögren. Caldwell thinks that means there are only nine questions in theory that relate to women.
– I was quite surprised that a short book to be published by Norway’s largest publishing house in 2023 has only nine questions about women
less than 2 percent
As a librarian, part of her job is to check out new editions of books to see if she wants to buy them.
– Then this test book arrived, and I leafed through it a bit. Suddenly I had a simple idea that I wanted to check how many questions there were about female soccer players.
She looked through the entire book to be absolutely sure, but based on her calculations, she puts the female question rate at 1.73 percent.
– I think women’s football in general and women’s football in Norway have gone further than that today, and they’re very good, so it should be natural for them to be involved. Caldwell says it shouldn’t be just an afterthought.
You think there should be more than one question category dedicated to women’s soccer.
– Then perhaps one could try to get a class on Ada Hegerberg or Caroline Graham Hansen. Or you can replace some of them by asking questions about more female soccer players, Caldole says.
Erling Braut Haaland, Joshua King, Ståle Solbakken and Martin Ødegaard ownMail categories with up to ten questions each.
– If only the title of the book was ours “How well do you know men’s soccer?” And if they had dropped the one-test category, it would have been better in some way. Because then it would have been more pure against men’s soccer, Caldwell says.
Should the quiz book contain more questions about women’s football?
– Weak craftsmanship
The librarian isn’t the only one interacting.
– It is simply poor craftsmanship, and it does not keep up with the times.
Annette Sandanger-Nebo says. She is the head of NTG in Budo, which she is Former Player of the Year for Grand Bodo and Stabaek.
At a time when the Norwegian Football Association is investing in equal learning opportunities for boys and girls in football, she believes this book is not for her.
– I will not buy the book. I have a 12 year old daughter and I think she would prefer not to read the book.
Ragnfrid Trohaug is Director of Publishing for Children and Young People Kapelen Dam. She acknowledges that the book could have contained more questions about women.
He should have had more space
– In the name of hindsight, women should obviously have been given more space. Although one category is for star players, for example, Caroline Graham Hansen and Ada Hegerberg could each have their own categories, Trohaug says.
It also confirms that many categories include female players indirectly.
– KCategories focusing on clubs such as Chelsea, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal include both male and female players. She adds that such categories highlight common aspects such as city, history, stadium, group colors and fans, regardless of gender.
– Isn’t it clear that the book covers female players indirectly when they are children between 6-12 years old?
– Like I said, me In the name of hindsight, women should obviously have been given more space.
Truehough believes it is important to promote women’s soccer, and that quiz books about soccer for young readers can contribute to this.
– we The women on the team were included in this book, but the diverse representation could have been better.
In the future, Trohaug promises many more quiz questions about women and soccer, which young and old girls and boys can answer.
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