Postfeminist Educational Media Panics, Girl Power and the Problem/Promise of ‘Successful Girls’

  • Jessica RingroseEmail author
  • Debbie Epstein


In this chapter, we explore debates around ‘failing boys’ in UK schools as a postfeminist educational media panic. First, we explore how neoliberal ‘discourses’ of feminine educational success have influenced what we call a postfeminist media panic that constructs girls as wholly successful in the Global North, through a review of British policy on gender and education and news media reporting. Second, we explore the globalising reach of postfeminist notions of ‘girl power’ and the celebratory promise of how girls’ educational success will enable wider transnational economic revolution, through a consideration of the corporate social media campaign, the ‘Girl Effect’, in the Global South.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University College LondonLondonEngland, UK
  2. 2.University of RoehamptonLondonEngland, UK

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