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Girls achievement
EXTERNAL
Feminists
1960s
Challenge traditional stereotypes
Raise ambitions
McRobbie (magazines 1970s and 1990s)
Change in Families
30 years
divorce rates, lone-parent families, cohabitation
Female-headed lone-parent family: woman independent major income-earning role
Role model
Importance of education
Change in Women Employment
From 50% in 1957 to 70% in 2007…

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Unrealistic ambitions
Boys failure luck NOT failure
Becky Francis: (aspirations)
Boys -> unacademic unrealistic
Girls -> academic
INTERNAL
Feminisation of education
Tony Sewell (methodical working and attentiveness)
Coursework replaced with final exams and outdoor adventure
Teacher Attention
Girls more positive than boys
Barber: (focus) girls -> work boys -> behaviour…

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