Has Gender Stereotyping Changed Your Future Path?


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Has Gender Stereotyping changed your future path?

Gemma Gosden

02 February 2017

A recent study published in Science magazine describes how girls start to associate ‘brilliance’ with boys from a young age and how this can have an effect on girls career choices.

What’s it all about?

Research across four different studies by Lin Bian, Sarah-Jane Leslie and Andrei Cimpian suggests before that girls’ associate brilliance with their own gender.

However, at around 6 years old, girls start to avoid things that are known to be for “really, really smart” children and girls automatically start to see boys as more of the “really, really smart” children.

Our future choices

So it would seem that gender stereotyping whether it’s occurred directly or indirectly, naturally or otherwise can affect young girls’ decisions about their future from a really early age.

As a result, it puts them off from aiming high and thinking big in terms of their future careers. Especially when it comes to anything to do with maths and science.

Can we Change the Mould?

Has this affected you in the past?

Do you think it may have altered the way you shaped your own career?

How can we make sure this doesn’t affect future generations?

Are we even bothered?

At Girl did Good we believe in equality for all. We also believe it’s going to take a huge effort to get us there because of the decades of stereotypical thinking that has come before us.

We want to help make that push in the right direction but in a way that remains respectful for others.

We want to encourage you to take control of your dreams and help you reach your goals.

Don’t give up. You CAN do it and you can help others on the way. The more we support each other the more we achieve in the long run.

It’s not just about that dream job it’s the life you build around all of that.

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