Sunday, April 01, 2007

More on Superwoman Syndrome

"And, for all their accomplishments and ambitions, the amazing girls, as their teachers and classmates call them, are not immune to the third message: While it is now cool to be smart, it is not enough to be smart."

After reading this NYTimes article, I'm left wondering over the gendered aspect of this problem. Yes, high school students - male and female - today face greater pressure to present extraordinary resumes. Yes, women's success is evaluated differently than men's (a great career can be negated by bad fashion choices or one's marital status). Is this just more superwoman syndrome, or is something else going on here?

And is it really always cool to be a smart girl?

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