Gender, gender role, and creativity
Geniffer Stoltzfus, Brady Leigh Nibbelink, Debra Vredenburg, and Elizabeth Thyrum (Millersville University, Millersville, PA, USA), 2011, 39(3), 425–432

Being a very creative person, I was particularly interested to read this article to find out if gender and gender roles influence creativity. 

The authors state on p. 425 that “Despite four decades of scholarly interest in gender and creativity, no clear picture has emerged regarding the relationship between these two important and complex phenomena” and, further, that “In many studies, no discernible gender differences have been found” in this regard.

However, in this study, male participants had significantly better nonverbal creativity scores, although there were no significant gender differences in the two verbal creativity tasks. Males also scored higher in relation to original ideas than females did. Further, “androgynous individuals scored higher than all other categories” (p. 429).

My understanding from the results of this article is that gender issues in creativity are influenced by social development and by social roles that are formed during early adulthood. 
The authors conclude that “androgyny was associated with high levels of creativity in women, while identification with opposite-gender role characteristics was associated with the highest levels of creativity in males” (p. 430).

I look forward to reading further studies on the relationships among gender, gender roles, and creativity. Specifically, research in which personal characteristics, social development, and gender roles are identified might explain the development of creativity in men and women and aid in nurturing creativity in future generations.

Suzi Brown | IT Manager
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