Sex Roles

, Volume 78, Issue 9–10, pp 713–714 | Cite as

Shedding Light on the Reality of Smart Girls

Smart Girls: Success, School, and the Myth of Post-Feminism. By Shauna Pomerantz and Rebecca Raby, Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2017. 272 pp. $24.95. ISBN: 9780520284159
  • Brooke Palmer
  • Heather Brown
Book Review

Post-feminism refers to the beliefs that all battles for gender equality are over and that because equality between women and men has been achieved, any woman’s failure to succeed is a failure of the individual, not a consequence of systemic barriers (Ringrose et al. 2013). Shauna Pomerantz and Rebecca Raby, authors of Smart Girls: Success, School, and the Myth of Post-Feminism, reject this perspective. As faculty members from the Department of Child and Youth Studies at Brock University in Ontario, they argue that we do not live in a post-feminist world; rather, we live in a world where female adolescents suffer the consequences of sexism and neoliberalism, with little awareness of how these systems affect their lives.

The authors support their claims with powerful stories of “supergirls”—exceedingly smart and socially successful adolescent young women whose experiences remind us that, despite assertions of equality and empowerment, “… if we've come a long way then I suspect it’s...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of North Carolina CharlotteCharlotteUSA

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