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By Emma Näslund-Hadley - 10 de February de 2016, 6:51 pm
For much of my life, I’ve been obsessed with gender and mathematics. As a kid I loved when my dad made up math games and riddles, challenging me to come up with solutions. But it was clear to me that not all kids and certainly not all girls shared my love for mathematics. Decades later, the aversion for mathematics that I saw among my girlfriends is replicated in new generations. Already in early grades, girls more often dislike math even when they perform on par with boys. When they grow up, they don’t go into mathematics careers as often as their male peers. As a result, we have fewer women in finance, business, and STEM fields such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Precisely the fields where the greatest opportunities are in today’s technology based society.
By Aimee Verdisco - 26 de June de 2014, 4:05 pm
In my last blog, I commented on the complexities of everyday life and how the quest for the marshmallow can be seen as a bit fairytale-like. That got me thinking about fairy tales. Especially about fairytales and girls, and what all of this means for educating and launching girls into the women we hope and expect them to be.
We live in a world of princesses. They reign supreme. They are ubiquitous. On clothes, lunchboxes, notebooks, TV, in the movies and in our homes. Our girls have become princesses, much more than figuratively, and so much so that princess and girl have become synonymous. But isn’t this just what make girls girls? Harmless and cute, and something they will grow out of? Maybe. Lea más…