Perceptions of science hold back women

20 January 2015

Interview with

Dr Ellie Cosgrave, ScienceGrrl

It's a fact that fewer girls than boys pursue STEM careers (Science, WomenTechnology, Engineering and Maths). To date, researchers have come up with all kinds of explanations as to why this might be the case. These include inflexible working hours and a reluctance to enter the cut-throat competitiveness of certain fields. But now a report from Princeton University suggests it's the idea of  'innate brilliance' which contributes most to the disparity between the numbers of men and women in science subjects; in other words it may all be down to how women perceive a subject. To find out more, Kat Arney spoke to Ellie Cosgrave, an engineering researcher at UCL and founder of 'Sciencegrrl' - an organisation which aims to encourage girls into fields like maths and physics...

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