Girlhood Studies

An Interdisciplinary Journal

Editor-in-Chief: Claudia Mitchell, McGill University

Subjects: Gender Studies, Education, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Media Studies

Thank you Girlhood Studies 2019 Reviewers

Call for Papers: Girls' and Young Women's Lives in the Time of COVID-19
Call for Papers: Girls and Representations of Rape Culture
Call for Papers: IGSA@ND Special Issue
Call for Papers: Black Girls in Space

Winner of the 2009 AAP/PSP Prose Award for Best New Journal in the Social Sciences & Humanities!


Girlhood Studies is now published in association with the International Girls Studies Association (IGSA)!


Latest Issue Table of Contents

Volume 13 (2020): Issue 2 (Jun 2020)

Girlhood Studies 13(3) - 2020

Claudia Mitchell and Ann Smith
The Lives of Girls and Young Women in the Time of COVID-19

Olga Zdravomyslova and Elena Onegina
Russian Girls Construct Freedom and Safety in Pandemic Times

Jue Wang
How “Left-Behind” Girls in Rural China are more Left-Behind by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Cheryl Weiner, Kathryn Ven Demark, Sarah Doyle, Jocelyn Martinez, Fia Walklet, and Amy Rutstein-Riley
The Girlhood Project: Pivoting our Model with Girls During COVID-19

Jennifer A. Thompson, Sarah L. Fraser, Rocio Macabena Perez, Charlotte Paquette, and Katherine L. Frohlich
Girls and Young Women Negotiate Wellbeing during COVID-19 in Quebec 

Alanna Goldstein and Sarah Flicker
“Some Things Won’t Go Back”: Teen Girls’ Online Dating Relationships during COVID-19

Sally Galman
Ghostly Presences OUT THERE: Transgender girls and their families in the time of COVID

Sarah Baird, Sarah Alheiwidi, Rebecca Dutton, Khadija Mitu, Erin Oakley, Tassew Woldehanna, and Nicola Jones
Social Isolation and Disrupted Privacy: Impacts of Covid-19 on Adolescent Girls in Humanitarian Contexts

Carly Jones, Renée Monchalin, Cheryllee Bourgeois, and Janet Smylie
Kokums to the Iskwêsisisak: COVID-19 and Urban Métis Girls and Young Women

Meghan Bellerose, Maryama Diaw, Jessie Pinchoff, Beth Kangwana, and Karen Austrian
Pre-pandemic Influences on Kenyan Girls’ Transitions to Adulthood during COVID-19

Kaitlin Schwan, Erin Dej, and Alicia Versteegh
Girls, Homelessness, and COVID-19: The Urgent Need for Research and Action

Kazi Nasrin Siddiqa
Intersectional Pandemics in Bangladesh:  The Effects of COVID-19 on Girls

Volume 13 / 2020, 3 issues per volume (spring, summer, winter)

Aims & Scope

Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal is a peer-reviewed journal providing a forum for the critical discussion of girlhood from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, and for the dissemination of current research and reflections on girls' lives to a broad, cross-disciplinary audience of scholars, researchers, practitioners in the fields of education, social service and health care and policy makers. International and interdisciplinary in scope, it is committed to feminist, anti-discrimination, anti-oppression approaches and solicits manuscripts from a variety of disciplines.

The mission of the journal is to bring together contributions from and initiate dialogue among perspectives ranging from medical and legal practice, ethnographic inquiry, philosophical reflection, historical investigations, literary, cultural and media research to curriculum design and policy-making. Topics addressed within the journal include girls and schooling, girls and feminism, girls and sexuality, girlhood in the context of Boyhood Studies, girls and new media and popular culture, representation of girls in different media, histories of girlhood, girls and development.


Girlhood Studies is indexed/abstracted in:

  • Bibliometric Research Indicator List (BFI)
  • Biography Index (Ebsco)
  • Emerging Sciences Citation Index (Web of Science)
  • European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS)
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers
  • Scopus (Elsevier)
  • Social Sciences Abstracts (Ebsco)
  • Social Sciences Index (Ebsco)
  • Studies on Women and Gender Abstracts (Taylor & Francis)
  • TOC Premier Table of Contents (Ebsco)
  • Women's Studies Librarian: Feminist Periodicals (University of Wisconsin)

Jacqueline Kirk photoIn Memoriam

Jacqueline Kirk, 1968-2008
Tribute to Jackie Kirk


Editor-in-Chief: Claudia Mitchell, McGill University, Canada

Managing Editor: Ann Smith, McGill University, Canada

Reviews Editor: Marnina Gonick, Mount St. Vincent University, USA

Editorial Board
Annemarie Adams, McGill University, Canada
Rawwida Baksh, Women's Rights and Citizenship program, International Development Research Centre, Canada
Lyn Mikel Brown, Colby College, USA
Suzanne de Castell, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Fatuma Chege, Kenyatta University, Kenya
Meredith Cherland, University of Regina, Canada
Linda Chisholm, Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Daniel Thomas Cook, Childhood Studies and Sociology, Rutgers University, USA
Dawn Currie, University of British Columbia, Canada
Catherine Driscoll, University of Sydney, Australia
Kirsten Drotner, Centre for Child and Youth Media Studies
Michelle Fine, Graduate Center of the City University of New York, USA
Miriam Forman-Brunell, University of Missouri–Kansas City, USA
Anita Harris, Monash University, Australia
Mary Jane Kehily, Centre for Childhood, Development, and Learning, Open University, UK
June Larkin, Equity Studies Program, University of Toronto, Canada
Dafna Lemish, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA
Loren Lerner, Concordia University, Canada
Nancy Lesko, Teacher's College, Columbia University, USA
Sharon Mazzarella, James Madison University, USA
Relebohile Moletsane, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Shree Mulay, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Elina Oinas, University of Helsinki, Finland
Lissa Paul, Brock University, Canada
Cindy Patton, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Emma Renold, Cardiff University, Wales, UK
Kim Reynolds, University of Newcastle, UK
Ellen Seiter, University of Southern California, USA
Sonal Shukla, Vacha Women's Resource Centre, Mumbai, India
Shirley R. Steinberg, Werklund Foundation Centre for Youth Leadership Education University of Calgary, Canada
Lynne Vallone, Childhood Studies and Sociology, Rutgers University, USA
Valerie Walkerdine, Cardiff University, Wales, UK
Sandra Weber, Concordia University, Canada
Rebekah Willet, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Olga Zdravomyslova, Gorbachev Foundation, Moscow, Russia

Founding Editors: Jackie Kirk, Claudia Mitchell, Jacqueline Reid-Walsh


Manuscript Submission

Please review the submission and style guidelines carefully before submitting.

The editorial board welcomes contributions. Article submissions are accepted continually and all authors are encouraged to contribute.

Authors should submit articles electronically as attachments by e-mail, formatted as Microsoft Word files. Please note that all correspondence will be carried out via e-mail. Submissions without complete and properly formatted reference lists may be rejected; manuscripts that have been accepted for publication but do not conform to the Girlhood Studies style will be returned to the author for amendment.

View Guest Editor Guidelines here.

E-mail submissions should be sent to:
Dr. Claudia Mitchell, Editor-in-Chief |

Article Length

Articles should have a maximum of 6,500 words (including notes and references). Book reviews should be approximately 1,500 words in length. Manuscripts should follow the requirements laid down in the Submission Guidelines. This is particularly important in relation to in-text citations and reference list details. While we would prefer not to have to return manuscripts that do not comply to their authors for style revision, we may be compelled to do so before we submit them for review.

Process for Refereeing and Accepting Articles

Girlhood Studies is a refereed journal. Articles are sent to reviewers with relevant experience and expertise for comment. Referees are asked to advise the editors whether the article should be published and if so, with what recommended changes. The editors respond to the author with their decision and a list of any changes needed for the article to be accepted for publication. They also send the anonymous referees' comments to the author.



Manuscripts that have been accepted for publication but do not conform to the style guide may be returned to the author for amendment. The editors also reserve the right to alter usage to conform to the style guide issued by the publishers. Authors may not supply new materials or request major alterations following the copyediting stage, so please ensure that all text is final upon acceptance.

Style Guide

The Girlhood Studies style guide is based on The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), with some deviations for house preferences. The American Heritage Dictionary (3rd edition) and Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary (10th edition), supplemented by Webster's New International Dictionary, are our arbiters for US spelling, especially for hyphenated words, words in italic, and so forth. Please refer to the style guide for a summary of key stylistic requirements.

Your submission must be free of citation software formatting.

Ethics Statement

Authors published in Girlhood Studies (GHS) certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews, and some types of commentary, have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While every effort is made by the publishers and the editorial board to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions, or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make it clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete GHS Ethics Statement.

Girlhood Studies is committed to inclusive citation and scholarly practice. We encourage our contributors to ensure they reference and engage with the works of female, black, and minority ethnic writers, and work by other under-represented groups wherever possible.

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Transnational Girlhoods

Series Editors:

Claudia Mitchell (McGill University, Canada)
Bodil Formark (Umea University, Sweden)
Ann Smith (McGill University, Canada)
Heather Switzer (Arizona State University, US)

International Advisory Panel:

Sandrina deFinney (University of Victoria, Canada)
Olga Zdravomyslova (Gorbachev Foundation, Russia)
Relebohile Moletsane (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)
Fiona Vera-Gray (Durham University, UK)

Girlhood Studies has emerged over the last decade as a strong area of interdisciplinary research and activism, encompassing studies of feminism, women and gender, and childhood and youth and extending into such areas as sociology, anthropology, development studies, children’s literature, and cultural studies. As the first book series to focus specifically on this exciting field, Transnational Girlhoods will help to advance the research and activism agenda by publishing full-length monographs and edited collections that reflect a robust interdisciplinary and global perspective. International in scope, the series will draw on a vibrant network of girlhood scholars already active across North America, Europe, Russia, Oceania, and Africa, while forging connections with new activist and scholarly communities.