Lack of Math Confidence May Deter Girls From Physics Careers, Study Finds

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"In terms of math performance, girls score as well as boys from elementary school through high school and, in the U.S., earn roughly half of the undergraduate degrees in mathematics," Janet Hyde, one of the study's authors and the co-director of the longitudinal Wisconsin Study of Families and Work, said via email. "The gender gaps are in physics, computer science, and engineering … Only a minority of students take physics in high school -- a big mistake -- and girls are less likely to take physics courses than boys are."