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date: 21 January 2021

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The topic of women’s competition has gained recent momentum, as evidenced by the proliferation of articles in the scientific literature. There has been a considerable body of new research highlighting competition in several domains, including access to and retention of mates, access to resources related to mothering, interaction with virtual media, issues faced in the workplace, and engagement with sport and physical activity. The chapters in this volume provide a definitive view on the contemporary state of knowledge regarding women’s competition. The majority of chapters rely on an evolutionary framework; other chapters argue that sociocultural sources shape women’s competition. While the book is primarily about women, some contributors focus on issues faced by adolescent girls, or mention developmental trajectories for young girls through adulthood. It is hoped that the information within this volume will serve as a source of inspiration to help guide future directions for research.

Keywords: women, competition, indirect aggression, behavior, intrasexual competition, same-sex, review

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