What happens when girls aren't under the scrutiny of boys? Do they get more girly or less so?
A new study has found that girls at same-sex schoolsfeel greater pressure to adhere to gender norms — and were bullied if they didn’t — than those at mixed-gender schools. Perhaps even more surprising, the same researchers say that girls at same-sex schools evaluated their self-worth based more on social confidence than cognitive confidence — while girls at mixed-gender schools weighed academics more heavily than social prowess.
“I was quite surprised by the results,” he says. “But do I think that these result would generalize to schools in North America? I do.”
Other experts disagree.