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Giftedness is viewed statistically as being independent of gender identity. Society often ascribes high levels of achievement in girls to personality traits such as hardworking and ambitious. These stereotypical attributions could be a reason why girls are less often thought of as gifted and why their giftedness is less often recognized than in boys.

Girls also tend to underestimate themselves and to play down or hide their potential abilities. Support for their abilities from their surrounding environment often fails to materialize as a result. Girls can experience repeated discrimination when other kinds of disadvantage (e.g., poverty, disability, or migration) overlap with the discrimination due to their gender identity.

The authors Nicole Miceli and Anne-Kathrin Stiller have developed this glossary together with the Fachportal Team. The glossary was translated by Daniel Shatwell and edited by Lisa Trierweiler.