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Gender Gap

Which gender is represented more in gifted education across the U.S.?

Gender Equality in Education: A Snapshot

NYT Gender Gap for the Gifted in City Schools

Are you surprised by the statistics?


Social and Emotional Issues of Gifted Girls

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When did "run like a girl" become an insult?
Peer relations and society's expectation of females cause girls to underperform.

"Girls' underachievement often comes later in life of in adulthood when they fear becoming involved in enterprises where they can't be assured of success (Davis, G., Rimm, S., & Siegle, D., 2011, p. 428)."

If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), ‘Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?’ Chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly confident. The real one is scared to death.Steven Pressfield




Additional Information on Social and Emotional Issues Faced By Girls


Gifted Females in the Media

Girls need role models in their daily lives who positively and confidently display giftedness in various careers and fields. Here are a few famous and/or "real life" role models that girls can aspire to emulate.

Mayim Bialik is an actress on the popular TV show, The Big Bang Theory. She is also a neuroscientist.




Click the link below for more information on Mayim Bialik:
Mayim Bialik - The Big Bang Theory

The Silicon Valley is a place that is known for its new and innovative advances in technology. Here is a list of women in the Silicon Valley who have and are making huge headlines in the field of math and science.
Women of the Silicon Valley

Do you remember Hermione Granger from Harry Potter? She makes up 1/3rd of the Harry Potter trio and I would say she's the backbone and reason behind some of Harry's best decisions. She is gifted and talented in more than just academics - she can apply her knowledge to real life situations. Emma Watson is very similar. She embraces her intellect and chooses to stimulate her mind with higher education.
Emma Watson and Hermione Granger

Girls and Non-Mathematical, Non-Scientific Aspirations

What is the REAL reason why more women aren't in technology?

Women have traditionally shied away from technological fields due to historical and political happenings of the past. Some thought that they couldn't excel in the field. Some have even overlooked it as a career choice because it was unappealing though they excelled in it. Mark Fidelman of Forbes interviewed a small group of successful women and concluded that the problem is that women are uneducated on the benefits of pursuing a technological career. While I'm not sure if the lack of women in the technological field can be summarized in that one issue, Fidelman does bring up a key point in how to inspire youth to be involved in math and science careers. The foundation to love math and science should be laid out when children are young. Foster a sense of value in math and science in females and continue to encourage that intelligence throughout their lives. Maybe we'll start to see an increase in women in technological fields as we see an increase in educators striving to promote STEM/STEAM education.



Additional study on two Korean gifted girls:
Gifted Girls and Nonmathematical Aspirations



Tips for Raising and Encouraging Gifted Girls

Parental involvement is key in developing young minds.
Here are some websites with tips to help parents encourage giftedness with their daughters and/or young girls in their lives.

Harnessing Gifted Girls' Emotional Strengths

Raising a Gifted Girl

Some Do’s and Don’ts For Raising Your Gifted Kids

Tips for Parents: Ten Tips for Parenting Gifted Girls


Books to Empower Girls

Another way to encourage girls to embrace their giftedness is to introduce them to books with strong female characters.

Start reading these kinds of books to your gifted girl when they are young!

Empowering Books For Preschoolers

Empowering Books for Elementary Girls

Empowering Books for Middle School Girls

25 Books to Read Before She Turns 25



And though she be but little, she is fierce. William Shakespeare



References

Fidelman, M. (2012, June 5). Here's the real reason there are not more women in technology. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/markfidelman/2012/06/05/heres-the-real-reason-there-are-not-more-women-in-technology/