January 10, 2010

Are Girl Brains < Boys Brains?

"Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood."
-Marie Curie

Here's a little (and very late) Sunday science tidbit. According to new research, there is no data to back up the assertion that boys are better at math than girls. So girls, don't let anyone tell you that math and science are for boys, because that's where the problem lies.

"The finding that girls around the world appear to have less confidence in their mathematical abilities could help explain why young girls are less likely than boys to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics."

I don't remember thinking that math was for boys when I was growing up, but I did get compared to my sister a lot. My dad is a math genius (engineer) and my sister was destined to follow in his footsteps. I was always told I was the one with "common sense". I didn't take more than was required in high school, and had a hard time in college algebra. Somehow I thought statistics would be easier for my second year of college. Let's just say it didn't go that well, but I digress. Numbers can confuse me, but I enjoy math because it has definite answers. Maybe it's time to get out there and learn a bit more! As a side note, I just picked up Math Doesn't Suck. Danica McKellar is a pretty awesome girly role model if you are looking for one.


  1. The message is in the culture. I never heard even a debate about math for girls in my own country. I was in school for mathematically gifted, and we had 50-50 in boys and girls - not by quota - by predisposition.

  2. It's sad that we have that sort of culture, but we do. Hopefully, we'll grow out of it.