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The Little Engine that Could is possibly the most popular American children's story. Originally published in 1930, it tells the story of a tiny engine that perseveres to pull a train up a mountain. The engine repeats "I think I can" until it ultimately succeeds. Since its first telling, the little engine has been gendered as a "she." The tale has thus been read by feminists as an optimistic lesson in fighting for justice.
Blair, E. (2014, July 8). In “little engine that could,” some see an early feminist hero. NPR. https://www.npr.org/2014/07/08/329520062/in-little-engine-that-could-so…