Effortless Perfection

Effortless Perfection is a term coined by a 2003 study at Duke University. Women at universities often say they feel the pressure to have this. Studies show that women feel two pressures at universities to be successful as a woman and to be successful academically[1]


To be perfect or beautiful, in shape, popular, intelligent, and accomplished without any visible effort put forth[2][3] .


  1. ^ Wood, Julia. (2011). Gendered Lives: Communication, Gender, and Culture (9th ed.). Boston, MA: Wadsworth.
  2. ^ Dube, K. (2004, June 18). What feminism means to today ’ s undergraduates. The Chronicle of Higher Education , p. B5.
  3. ^ Lipka, S. (2004, May 21). Feminine critique. The Chronicle of Higher Education , pp. A35–A36.