"Ladies" or "loudies?": Perceptions and experiences of black girls in classrooms

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Although much scholarship has focused on the schooling experiences of African American boys, this article demonstrates that African American girls encounter unique educational perceptions and obstacles. Black girls in a predominately minority school performed well academically, but educators often questioned their manners and behavior. Some tried to mold many of these girls into ladies, which entailed curbing behavior perceived as loud and assertive. This article advances theories of intersectionality by showing how race and class shape perceptions of femininity for Black girls, and how the encouragement of more traditionally feminine behavior could ultimately limit their academic potential.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)490-515
Number of pages26
JournalYouth and Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 2007


  • African American girls
  • Educational discipline
  • Intersectionality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (all)


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