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Smart Girls: Success, School, and the Myth of Post-Feminism

Shauna Pomerantz and Rebecca Raby


Are girls taking over the world? It would appear so based on magazine covers, news headlines, and popularized books touting girls’ academic success. As a result, many in Western society assume that girls now play on an equal playing field so have nothing to complain about. But contrary to the widespread belief that girls have surpassed the need for support because they are ‘doing well’ in school, smart girls struggle in ways that have been made invisible. Why do some girls choose to dumb down? How do smart girls handle being labeled ‘nerd’ or ‘loner? How do they deal with stress, including the ... More

Keywords: Girls, boys, gender, academic success, school, smart, post-feminism, neo-liberalism, sexism, racism, class inequality, Canada

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520284142
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520284142.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shauna Pomerantz, author
Brock University

Rebecca Raby, author
Brock University