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Are Girls More of Academic Achievers Than Boys? A Drip Down Feminism in Psychology

"Girls get better grades than boys", a conclusion that psychologist Eleanor E Maccoby came to in one of her findings. Eleanor Maccoby was a fine female psychologist who transformed the meaning and findings behind gender roles in the field of Psychology. She was born in Tacoma, Washington, and earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Washington and her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology in the great, hallowed halls of the University of Michigan. From then on, she moved to complete a successful life where she worked for the Department of Agriculture, Harvard University, and Stanford University where she eliminated common gender roles in her time and rightfully earned her seat as the first woman to serve as chair in the psychology department. Overall, Maccoby brought justice to the field of Psychology and made women across the globe feel represented and proud, as well as delivered to women the message of ambition, hope, and to never limit themselves to society.

During the rise of behaviorism, Maccoby was frustrated with her assignments which commonly revolved around the difference between men and women rather than the similarities. With resentment and dissatisfaction with her assigned research projects, Maccoby decided to take matters into her own hands and review more than 1600 studies of

gender differences. With her research, she came to witness that most of the common differences that were found between men and women turned out to be myths and untrue gender stereotypes.

However, one consistent and undeniable fact she had sought out from her research was that girls always had better grades than boys. despite that, girls' academic drive and motivation weren't purely genetic but revolved around the idea that girls always showed greater response and effort when it came to their willingness to work, stating the fact that girls are higher academic achievers than boys.

Through Maccoby's handwork, she was able to debunk stereotypes and bring essential evidence and contributions to the field of understanding children's socializations and gender differences, remaining a true hero and change-maker in the world of Psychology.


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