From toys to clothing and even an advert featuring Dame Helen Mirren, why do we continue to condition girls into thinking they can’t possibly be good at maths and how do we change ingrained attitudes? Sheena Grant reports.
You don’t have to look too hard to find a stereotype about women and maths.
The idea that maths is a “boy subject” is so deeply-rooted in our society that in 2012 a survey for campaign group National Numeracy showed that while 71% of men describe themselves as being “good or excellent” at maths, just 59% of women do the same.
The problem, say those in the know, is that like many stereotypes, it just isn’t true…