Girls schools are a natural environment for developing women scientists

Girls schools are a natural environment for developing women scientists

23 February 2021

Read our letter to The Times:

 

‘It is crucial we get more young women working in science’ (22 February)

 

Former Home Secretary Amber Rudd is right to highlight the need to encourage more young women to work in science.

 

Girls’ schools are a natural environment for developing women scientists, enabling girls to explore their interests without the gender stereotyping that often surrounds subject choice. An analysis of DfE figures in 2018/19 shows that girls in girls’ schools are around 2 times as likely to take maths and physics at A Level, compared to girls in other schools.

 

Science can solve real-world problems, it can heal people and environments, changing the world for the better; these are the messages girls need to hear. As well as ‘raising our own’, the Girls’ Schools Association is pleased to have taken that message to around 4000 girls in both girls’ and co-ed schools around the UK as part of a major, ongoing partnership with Siemens.

 

Donna Stevens
Chief Executive, Girls’ Schools Association

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