Girls’ programming refers to a wide array of organized activities targeted specifically to female children and adolescents. Contemporary programs are designed to address issues that affect girls in unique ways and reflect a belief that girls may derive the maximum benefit from single-sex programming. Many programs address a narrow range of issues, perhaps focusing on sexuality, prevention of emotional and behavioral problems, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, or health and fitness. Other programs offer a more comprehensive assortment of activities. Typical programs are offered after school or in the evenings, usually taking place in school or other community settings. This entry provides an overview of the history and evolution of girls’ programming, describes the goals and approaches of current programs, and discusses ...

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