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The 'boys are better at math' mindset creates gender gap in sciences

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We know how important it is to get more girls interested in STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math -- to not only provide them with innovative and well-paying career opportunities in a highly competitive world, but to also bring diversity to those fields. 

While women took home 57% of bachelor's degrees in all fields in 2013, women earned just 43% of the degrees in math and just 19% and 18% of the degrees in engineering and computer science respectively, according to the National Girls Collaborative Project. 

One big reason why more women aren't lining up to enter STEM fields and become engineers and scientists is math, said Jo Boaler, a professor of mathematics education at Stanford.

Read more on the gender gap in sciences here. You can also view Jo Boaler's TedTalk titled, 'How you can be good at math, and other surprising facts about learning' here


 

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