The textbook highlights how Baum’s concern for women’s rights is evident throughout both the novel and film versions of The Wizard of Oz. Although this is only the view of one person, I find it interesting to consider this form of narrative in comparison to past views of women in myth.
By this point, we all know the story of Pandora and have studied how women figures were neglected in the dominant Chinese myths, etc. Noting that the film was released in 1939 and the book quite earlier in 1900, we can identify a shift in cultural values and principles. Although society at this time was still heavily patriarchal, the fact that works portraying men and women as equal were published identifies a new acceptance and consideration for gender equality. Even more so, throughout the narrative it is examined that roles are reversed as Dorothy is actually portrayed as the leader among her male companions and ends up being the stories hero.