As parents, we know that our girls are just as intelligent as our boys. According to this new study, however, girls stop thinking of themselves as “really, really smart” by the age of six.
The study was conducted by scientists at Illinois University, New York University, and Princeton University. Admittedly, further research needs to be done beyond the 400 middle-class white children who were pooled in this experiment, but what they found was telling. While five-year-old girls do not hesitate to place themselves in the category of genius, that changes drastically by the age of six.
By the age of six, girls have stopped associating brilliance with their own gender. Instead, they start to identify genius as an inherently male trait.
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