Today’s Science Magazine has an article indicating that, while boys usually perform better than girls on standardized math tests, in countries with the greatest economic equality between men and women, girls perform just as well as boys on these tests. Maybe Barbie should have said “Math is hard . . . because sex-based inequality oppresses women and girls in all aspects of life.”
Also interestingly, the gender gap in reading, which generally favors girls, gets even bigger in countries with the greatest equality between men and women.
The moral of the story? Increased equality between men and women pays dividends for girls in all aspects of education. Just another reason to fight for equality in all aspects of life.
- David S. Cohen