According to a new report by UNESCO, women and girls are under-represented in school textbooks. Further, when they are represented, it is generally in traditional roles that are “less prestigious” occupations and as introverts and passive across the world. In Afghanistan, women were almost absent from grade 1 textbooks published in the 1990s. In the United States, just 18 per cent of characters mentioned were female, mostly portrayed in relation to food, fashion or entertainment. The report also acknowledged updates made in books by Maharashtra in 2019 where men and women were depicted sharing household chores, along with a female doctor and a male chef.