Why do so few women end up in physics, mathematics and other fields traditionally associated with “brilliance”? Part of the answer may lie in what happens to girls by the time they’re out of kindergarten.
Think women can’t do math? You’re wrong—but new research shows you might not change your mind, even if you get evidence to the contrary. A study of how both men and women perceive each other's mathematical ability finds that an unconscious bias against women could be skewing hiring decisions, widening the gender gap in mathematical professions like engineering.
"Girls “lack self-confidence” in their ability to solve mathematics and science problems and achieve worse results than they otherwise would, despite outperforming boys overall, according to an international study of gender equality in schools by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development."
"A recent study by Junior Achievement and EY, formerly Ernst & Young, found that 91% of teens 13 to 17 already know what future field of study they want to pursue. However, the teens surveyed don't seem to be making strides toward shattering the traditional gender roles where men are the breadwinners and women are the caregivers."