Riding the wave of a booming girl culture worldwide, this collection of girls' voices across the globe invites us to learn more about their varied girlhoods. From coming-of-age rituals in South Africa to the impact of computers and popular magazines on girls in Japan and Germany, Millennium Girls offers us a broader vision of global girlhood. Though a universal experience, girlhood is not always carefree. Around the globe, girls often face bleak realities about their lives, careers, and families. In many cases, they are still second-class citizens, doubly marginalized by their age and gender. Girls are further marginalized because their lives are rarely taken seriously or are disregarded entirely; this is particularly true for girls living on the fringes of society. In a society that is becoming increasingly globalized, Millennium Girls seeks to discover the stories of these voiceless girls in often unrecognized cultures and societies.
Sherrie A. Inness is assistant professor of English at Miami University. She is the author of numerous books and articles on gender studies and popular culture, including such books as The Lesbian Menace: Ideology, Identity, and the Representation of Lesbian Life and Tough Girls: Women, Popular Culture, and the Gendering of Toughness.