Go Ask a Girl highlights the GSRI research and outcomes studies that have touched on timely issues relevant to girls’ lives – and in many cases boys’ lives – the impact of the September 11th tragedy on youth, the “obesity epidemic” and healthy living, youth leadership and civic engagement, body image and the fashion industry, girls’ interactions with social media and many more.
REAL TO ME: Girls and Reality TV (2011) Reality TV has become staple entertainment for young people and adults alike. In a survey of girls around the country, significant differences were found between girls who watch reality TV on a regular basis and those who do not. Regular reality TV viewers differ dramatically from their non-viewing peers in their expectations of peer relationships, their overall self-image, and their understanding of how the world works. However, findings also suggest that reality TV can be used as a learning tool and as inspiration for getting involved in social causes.
Generation STEM: What Girls Say About Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (2012)
A high number of teen girls are interested in STEM fields and subjects, and are drawn by the creative and hands-on aspects that characterize these fields. Many who are interested in STEM have high levels of adult support and encouragement to pursue STEM careers and have been exposed to what STEM has to offer. Although many girls aspire to STEM careers, many aren’t choosing STEM as their first choice choice. Why? The gender barriers that persists- About half of all girls feel that STEM isn’t a typical career path for girls. 57% of girls say that if they went into a STEM career, they’d have to work harder than a man just to be taken seriously.
Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona’s STEM Outreach and Partnership: A White Paper