Girls May Leave Science Because They’re So Good At Everything Else


The argument that women are underrepresented in math and science careers because they’re just not as good at math refuses to die, but a new study proposes an alternate explanation: women may be leaving these fields in greater numbers because they’re more likely to be good at other things.

In research published in Psychological Science, psychologist Ming-Te Wang and his coauthors measured the math and verbal abilities of 1,490 high school seniors and then followed up with them when they were 33.

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