Soccer, Dance, or Chess: How After-School Activities Shape Gender Roles

Playing to WinToday in The Atlantic, Hilary Levey Friedman writes about the gendered notions that influence parents’ choice of after-school activities for their girls. If you’ve ever wondered about how your daughter’s extracurriculars can shape her path later in life, take a look at the study.

The article is adapted from Friedman’s new book, Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture. In offering a behind-the-scenes look at how “Tiger Moms” evolve, Playing to Win introduces concepts like competitive kid capital, the carving up of honor, and pink warrior girls.

Hilary Levey Friedman is about to go on a cross-country tour to discuss the findings of her book. Check the tour schedule at her website, hilaryleveyfriedman.com.