28 Feb '14, 7pm

"More girls [from girls' schools] go on to study physics to A level":

So why was it when I recently attended the Scotland IS event Technology Trends 2014 my first reaction when entering the room was, why so few women?! The problem seems to stem from schools, where cultural stereotypes stop girls from excelling in mathematics and physics. Gender misconceptions of what subjects should be studied by boys makes girls who want to study these subjects nervous and anxious to do so, with only a fifth of girls who get an A* at Physics GCSE going on to do the subject at A level, compared with half of boys. Studies also showed that in single-sex schools, more girls go on to study physics to A-level. Without the cultural stereotypes in single sex schools, girls feel more confident to go on and study mathematics and physics. The problems still manifests at university level, however, where only 17% of engineering students are female with this resulting in...

Full article: http://www.newelectronics.co.uk/electronics-blogs/women-i...

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