ERIC Number: ED435517
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
We Roll Deep: Appalachian Girls Fight for Their Lives.
Spatig, Linda; Parrott, Laurel; Carter, Carolyn; Kusimo, Patricia; Keyes, Marian
This paper chronicles the experiences of nine adolescent girls who participated in a 3-year science, mathematics, and technology program for Appalachian girls. The girls lived in two West Virginia communities (one rural, one urban). Most of the girls were poor; six were African American. Descriptions of the girls' neighborhoods and local communities show how these contexts provided serious obstacles and challenges to the girls' aspirations and at the same time were sources of powerful support and encouragement. All of the girls aspired to higher education and professional careers and aimed to realize those goals by deferring marriage and family commitments. Turning directly to issues of gender identity and voice, girls' perceptions of gender bias in school and community are examined, along with the extent to which the bias informed their developing sense of themselves. Both Black and White girls often spoke about their personal identities with confidence and did not hesitate to express frustration and indignation about gender unfairness in their families and schools. In contrast, some African American girls were unwilling to acknowledge or confront racial injustices. This inconsistency is discussed in terms of schools' intolerance of confrontation and adults' advice to pursue strategies of "resistance for survival" over "resistance for liberation." Programs targeting underserved populations must anticipate how they will address justice issues, which inevitably will arise. (Contains 34 references.) (SV)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Aspiration, Blacks, Community Influence, Disadvantaged, Empowerment, Females, Parent Attitudes, Racial Bias, Resistance (Psychology), Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Self Concept, Sex Bias, Social Environment, Student Attitudes, Student Experience, Teacher Attitudes, Whites, Womens Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia