It’s no secret that women in STEM still face a difficult struggle to reach gender parity. Many women working in science, technology, engineering and math report everything from “boy’s club” hiring practices to toxic working environments. STEM fields, like many other industries have a long way to go before they’re properly gender-equal. And a new study published in Nature by female geoscientists and engineers diagnoses the problem more thoroughly — and offers some pretty brilliant solutions.
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The root of the problem is girls get made fun of by boys in school and in order to please everyone, they feel they have to play dumb and it is really the opposite because girl’s brains start to mature faster and some young women are actually smarter than boys. By allowing it, they are being conformed to the culture or society’s expectations.
One of the precursors is actually bullying and a lot of teachers have not wanted to get involved in anti-bullying or rewarding students for good behavior.
I’ve seen this first hand when I was in elementary school, middle school and college.
Bullying is also in the workplace.
“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”
― Christopher McDougall, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
The same is with education. You either learn it and do you best or you don’t get the best job you can get. So why put up with expectations that boys are better? Fight for that grade!