Schooling the Brain
Some of the best mathematicians I have ever taught were females.
It does appear that on...overall IQ, mathematical ability, scientific ability - there is a difference in...a male and a female population.
In school, children are sorted into one of two categories: boy or girl. In classrooms, on the playground, at lunch, and even in the bathroom, girls learn what society expects from them.
In the 1900s, boys were assumed to be better at science and math.
It used to be different. In the 1800s, more girls than boys studied science and math. And here's the story of how that happened.
In the 1800s, Science was "For Girls"
More girls than boys studied geography, chemistry, biology, and physics in the 1800s. These subjects were seen as good for girls because they strengthened the mind and gave girls an appreciation of nature, and therefore God. Science didn't become a "boys" subject until the 1900s, when jobs in science became available.
In the 1900s, Science was "For Boys"
By the 1920s, the association of girls with math and science disappeared. When science became a profession, women and girls were labeled unfit to be paid, professional scientists.
With the recent emphasis on STEM, as many girls as boys take math and science classes today. Computer science is the one exception. In fact, each year the number of girls taking computer science gets smaller. Being the only girl in class can be alienating. So girls and their mentors have formed camps and clubs to learn outside of school.
Who are the scientists of tomorrow?