Gifted girls are a population with high ability, cognitive characteristics, and complex affective needs that left unaddressed may reduce their academic achievement in school, jeopardize their creative contributions to the world around them, and significantly impair their personal journey toward self-awareness and actualization. Academic research studies during the past century provided longitudinal data to dispel a distorted view of the gifted as socially inept, physically weak boys, although research on gifted girls only began in the 1980s with Barbara Kerr's, Sally Reis's, and JoAnne Smutny's writings. Research study recommendations included accelerated and enriched school curricula for gifted boys and girls. At the federal government level, officials responded to 20th-century world events by recognizing the value of the gifted men and women to the country. U.S. ...

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