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Erika Gray

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Artist: Erika Gray

Banned/Challenged Book: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Reason for Banning: This book has been banned for being “unwholesome” and “ungodly.” Many people also felt Dorothy’s strong female character served to undermine traditional gender roles.

Excerpt from Artist’s Statement: Taking the above reasons for banning and the current political climate of Kansas into account, I created an alternate ending where Dorothy decides not to return to Kansas. After all, why would a strong woman want to return to the state that would continue to question the rights of women over a century later?

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