By Maelo Manning
The gender gap which has been revealed by the A level results is worrying because it raises questions about the future of employment of females in our country. The divide that is created at A level will be carried into the workplace and will be an ongoing issue of gender inequality.
More girls are opting for English and creative subjects whereas boys are choosing maths and sciences, for example, boys took 4 out of 5 physics exams and two thirds of maths exams.
This gap panders to the gender stereotype which sets out boys as engineers and scientists and girls as experts in the humanities sphere.
One way of tackling this problem would be to change mind-sets in schools by breaking the stereotype that boys don’t read and by encouraging girls to pursue a career that involves mathematics or sciences.
However, the problem is that a gender related attitude starts at a young age and enforces the belief that boys should do the manual work and girls should sit down and write and draw. For example, girls are always expected to have neat and perfect handwriting whereas boys are expected to build Lego structures.
The situation needs to be reversed to demonstrate that boys can think creatively and girls can do the so-called ‘hard stuff’ which is science and maths.
It is ironic that in a year that Malala has been recognised as the icon of female education that a gender deficit is showing up with far reaching consequences.
Education is a way of taking advantage of equal opportunities and it isn’t there to enforce gender stereotypes.
Malala fought hard for a right to education and girls should see the world as their oyster.
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It’s finally here – the inaugural UB Lib Dems end of year celebration and our first ever #LiberalCoffee!! 😀
We have hired Six Eight Kafe, a venue which was recently voted as one of the top 50 coffee shops in the country, and will be providing food and drink.
Lorely Burt, the Liberal Democrat MP for Solihull, will be providing us with a fantastic insight into life at the heart of the coalition government, creating a stronger economy and a fairer society that enables everyone can get on in life, through her role as PPS to Danny Alexander.
Afterwards we will proceed to The Shakespeare Inn on Summer Row for the final Liberal Drinks of the year. Don’t worry though – they will be back in September!
Details on getting there are yet to be confirmed, but we will probably meet at University Station around 5.30pm and get the train to New Street.
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