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Where You Come From Matters

As studies have consistently shown, girls are just as able as boys when it comes down to math.  However, this is neither reflected in test results nor in the degrees or careers that women ultimately pursue. Many academics are baffled about why this is the case. One group of researchers decided to investigate and found […]

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Being Bad At Math Is Not Cool

I have heard so many adults (myself included) utter the phrase “I’m bad at math” that it’s no longer information that I actively register. In fact, my friends and I often say things like “I can’t count” or “my brain can’t work numbers.”  I will reach for a calculator a fraction faster than I should. […]

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Gender Stereotypes in Math Harm Everyone

For as long as the STEM fields have existed, an ugly stereotype has festered: that math, science and associated subjects are the domains of men. It is traditionally accepted that boys naturally outperform girls in these subjects as if the male gender possesses some ingrained biological affinity for these disciplines that the female lacks. The […]

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Getting Girls Into STEM

As you know, STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. While the fields represented by the acronym are exciting, the statistics surrounding STEM are pretty depressing for women. In the US, where women comprised 48% of the workforce in 2009, there were only 24% of women working in STEM careers. That’s despite the fact […]

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Five Amazing Female Mathematicians

Having good role models can make a huge difference for women who want to pursue mathematics. So to inspire your daughters and students here are some famous females who excelled in math, through the ages.   1) Hypatia (c.350/370 AD – 415/416) Hypatia may be one of the first female mathematicians. She followed her father […]

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The Women Who Put Men Into Space

On 24th November 2015, President Barack Obama presented Katherine Johnson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. Unlike other recipients of the award that year – including Steven Spielberg, James Taylor and Willie Mays – Katherine Johnson was not a household name in America. She was not a movie […]

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Girls Worry More About Math

Leveling out the gender gap in STEM careers has been problematic for some time now, and many researchers are analyzing just why it’s so hard to get a balance of men and women in those fields. A new study has found that perhaps math anxiety is one of the many hurdles, with women affected by the […]