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Michael Baker at the University of Toronto and Kevin Milligan at the University of British Columbia recently analyzed survey data of parents in three countries — the United States, Canada and Britain. They were especially interested to see how parents say they spend time with their children — and they turned up an intriguing gender difference in what they called “teaching activities.”
The Central High School freshmen — known in competition as Rocket Power — will be one of 100 teams in the finals of the Team America Rocketry Challenge this week, a contest sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry for seventh to 12th-grade students across the country. Students from six other schools in the Washington region also are competing in the finals.
The girls, both 14 and Largo residents, are one of just eight female teams that qualified for the finals. They are the only squad of African American students to participate in the closing round.
When our kids play with toys that we played with, we assume that they are the same as they were when we were younger. But they aren’t. Not at all. Our girls (and our boys) are now bombarded from the get-go with images of women whose bodies range from unattainable to implausible (Disney Princesses, anyone?).
“My research shows that praise for intelligence or ability backfires,” said Dweck, who co-authored a seminal research paper on the effects of praise on motivation and performance. “What we’ve shown is that when you praise someone, say, ‘You’re smart at this,’ the next time they struggle, they think they’re not. It’s really about praising the process they engage in, not how smart they are or how good they are at it, but taking on difficulty, trying many different strategies, sticking to it and achieving over time.”
Previous research has found that the presence of female leaders in government has a significant effect on girls’ educational goals, and seeing other women in STEM careers can help women want to pursue those careers themselves. However, other studies have found that seeing high-level female leaders can actually make women feel inferior about their own leadership qualities.
A new study, published in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, suggests that relatively simple twists on the familiar high-speed, high-pressure math quiz can level the field of classroom competition.
In the new review, published in the journal Sex Roles, researchers examine one of the factors posited to contribute to gender differences in spatial ability — that of gender-roles.
Although children are born either male or female, individuals differ in their degree of masculine and feminine identification and endorsement of masculine and feminine gender roles, according to researchers David Reilly and David Neumann, Ph.D., from Griffith University in Australia.
Collectively these studies showed a significant association between masculinity and mental rotation performance for both men and women. In other words, men and women with either a strong masculine or androgynous gender identity fared better in mental rotation tasks.
Yes, I’m a junkie for PBS News Hour, watch this video and you’ll understand why! Last night they talked about Sheryl Sandberg’s (COO of Facebook) new book Lean In on female leadership. I found their panel’s insights into the book enlightening, so I’ve copied a bit of the video transcript down here.
The main responsibility for changing this situation cannot rest on individual women. There are plenty of women who have leaned in very hard and are just invisible to people who do not want to employ women. They may think they do, but each individual woman, somehow, she’s not the right woman.
That’s why I would place much more emphasis than Sheryl Sandberg does on things like affirmative action, anti-discrimination suits, quotas. Do you know that the only countries where women are gaining in representation in legislatures are countries that have quotas of how many women should be there and parties that have quotas of how many women candidates they put up?
The problem is she wrote a book that was for all women, as opposed to narrowing the focus there. And so I feel like that’s where a lot of this criticism and confusion is coming from, because a lot of things she says make sense if she is talking about her own peers. It doesn’t necessarily make sense if she’s talking about all women in general, because the plight of working-class, poor and middle-class women is demonstrably different.
It really boils down to family leave. I mean, women are trying to create this work-life balance. And until business accommodates that, it is always going to be an issue.
I think if we listen to her, however, we will not solve the problem that she herself so eloquently states, which is how do we get to a world where half of our leaders are women? And I believe if that’s our goal, which I think it should be, the problem is women aren’t leaning in not because they don’t know how to, but because they don’t like the wold they’re being asked to lean into.
JUDY WOODRUFF asks: So, you’re saying employers have responsibility here, too?
I think employers and our culture. I think it’s about what kind of leaders we want.
Do we want leaders only who go through this particular path? Or do we want to create other routes to leadership that allow for a diversity of people, broadly speaking, not just women, but men and women, to get to leadership positions with a different set of choices than Sheryl and her peers are making?
The video is definitely worth a watch, and it may even inspire you to pick up a copy of the book.
Math ability, in some societies, is gendered. That is, many people believe that boys and men are better at math than girls and women and, further, that this difference is biological (hormonal, neurological, or somehow encoded on the Y chromosome).
But actual data about gender differences in math ability tell a very different story.
So, with only the possible exception of genius-level math talent, men and women likely have equal potential to be good (or bad) at math. But, in societies in which women are told that they shouldn’t or can’t do math, they don’t. And, as Fatistician said, “math is a skill.” People who think practicing it is pointless won’t practice it. And those who don’t practice, won’t be any good at it… Y chromosome or no.
Today is International Women’s Day, and as one of our contributions to the celebration, we’re proud to support Voices Global Conference, presented by Global Tech Women. As part of this 24-hour live streamed event, Google will provide more than a dozen hours of free talks featuring women working in computer science, beginning today. To access the full schedule and our ongoing broadcasts, see our section on the Voices website, which will be updated throughout the day.
This video explores how the Damsel in Distress became one of the most widely used gendered clichés in the history of gaming and why the trope has been core to the popularization and development of the medium itself.
As a trope the Damsel in Distress is a plot device in which a female character is placed in a perilous situation from which she cannot escape on her own and must then be rescued by a male character, usually providing a core incentive or motivation for the protagonist’s quest.
“We find that this gender difference in the response to competition is very short-lived and disappears if we encourage girls to stay in the game or structure the nature of the competition slightly,” Price said. In other words, we parents and teachers should keep at it, along with our daughters. The researcher admitted he was surprised the initial gender gaps could be eliminated simply by extending the competition. “I have two daughters and would love to see them feel comfortable competing at math and in other areas,” says Price. “It is really encouraging to know that we can structure competitions in a way to make this possible. The next challenge, though, will be sharing this information with girls so that they will be more willing to participate in math competitions.”
“We have a boy problem. Boys are less likely to finish high school, go to college, finish college, go to graduate school, or finish grad school,” said Stone, noting that 75 percent of D’s and F’s are given to male students. “We are driving them out. We are not giving them things that engage them.”