Men are not more capable.

A review of over 400 published articles exploring the causes of women’s underrepresentation in STEMM concluded that research on sex differences in brain structure and hormones is inconclusive. Female and male brains are physically distinct, but how these differences translate remains unclear. We are more alike than we are different.


Mother Nature Needs Her Daughters: A Homeward Bound Global Review and Fact Sheet Investigating Gender Inequality in STEMM

Prepared by Fabian Dattner, Homeward Bound CEO and Co-founder;
Dr Mary-Ellen Feeney, Jacobs Group (Australia); and
Professor Tonia Gray, Centre for Educational Research, Western Sydney University.
Compiled by Homeward Bound Alumni from 2018 & 2019

Copies can be download at https://doi.org/10.26183/5d22d5fbe2349

Online version here.

The mathematics of sex: How biology and society conspire to limit talented women and girls.

Ceci SJ, and Williams WM. Oxford University Press; NY: 2010.


The Gender-Equality Paradox in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education

A study using an international database on adolescent achievement in science, mathematics and reading (n=472,242) found that in 2/3 countries girls performed similarly or better than boys in science. In almost all countries, more girls appeared capable of college-level STEM than were enrolling in STEM degrees in college. Even though girls match or outperform boys in STEM in school, they outperform boys to a greater extent in reading and comprehension.




The STEM Gap: Women and Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

AAUW – The myth of the math brain is one of the most self-destructive ideas in American education – research shows no innate cognitive biological differences between men and women in math.

Many girls lose confidence in math by third grade. Boys, on the other hand, are more likely to say they are strong in math by 2nd grade, before any performance differences are evident.


Are Men Or Women Better Leaders? Several Studies Reveal The Facts

PSI – Within these larger categories are key leadership competencies such as coaching, motivating, and openness in the people grouping, and performance management, analysis, and accountability in the results grouping. If one were to apply gender stereotypes to this model, it might be hypothesized that women leaders would be more effective in the people competencies and men would be more effective in the results competencies.



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