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Teen sexism rife in schools

While results from a new US study show that teenage girls are still experiencing sexism, local statistics reveal this is only the tip of the iceberg.
The study's findings are from a study of 600 girls between the ages of 12 and 18 from California and Georgia. The girls were Latina (49%), White (23%), African American (9 %), Asian American (7.5%), and multi-ethnic or other (7.5%), and came from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds.
AdvertisementThe study, the first to examine social and individual influences on girls’ personal experiences of sexism, was carried out by researchers at the University of California Santa Cruz and the University of Kentucky. It appears in the May/June 2008 issue of the journal Child Development.
Through surveys the researchers asked the girls about their experiences with sexual harassment and about discouraging comments they’d received about their abilities in science, mathematics, or computers, as well as sports.
Majority sexually harassedThe vast majority (90%) of girls said they had experienced sexual harassment at least once, with few reporting that such experiences had taken place more than once or twice.
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