Girls with scientific aspirations: Negotiating femininity

January 1st, 2014 | RESEARCH

This paper explores how science-aspiring girls balance their aspirations and achievement with societal expectations of femininity. In-depth interviews revealed two models that the girls tended to follow, termed feminine scientist or bluestocking scientist, and the precarious nature of both of these identities. Archer et al. suggest ways that practitioners can better support girls in their balancing acts.


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Toni Dancstep, Author, Exploratorium

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