Children’s career choices fixed by gender as early as age 4

TES is reporting that a recent study has raised concern over whether young girls are being encouraged to study Stem subjects.

The gender divide is as strong at age 4 as it is at 14 when it comes to children’s career choices, a major new study has revealed.

The figures, based on the decisions of hundreds of thousands of children, reveal that gender stereotypes about potential career choices are firmly in place well before the teenage years and then remain.

The data raises significant questions about the impact of high-profile interventions designed to encourage girls to study Stem subjects and consider careers in engineering. One teachers’ leader warned this week that society had “gone backwards” on tackling the gender divide.

Mary Bousted, general secretary of the ATL teaching union, said that tackling such stereotypes was difficult for schools and the data was indicative of a wider problem in society.

“The tragedy is we are going backwards,” she said. “In the 1980s, there was lots of work done around gender stereotypes, getting girls into maths and science, and looking at the curriculum and pedagogy. But I don’t think we take the issue seriously enough anymore.”

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  1. BigTalkEd

    Definitely agree with these findings, on so many levels our girls even the very bright ones are being categorised by appearance, belongings etc. Having been a Girl’s Worker in the 80’s this slide we have seen over the last 10 ~ 15 years has been pitiful, with their roles in relationships being more lose-lose than ever before.

  2. BigTalkEd Girls look at how Hllary Clinton and other powerful women are treated and are perhaps more likely to feel it’s better to keep their heads down than face such vitriolic hatred.  This trickles down to jobs.  Is it less risky to choose a job which is not traditionally male?  What are the chances of being patronised, talked over, sidelined or worse? (This also applies to men who aren’t traditionally ‘macho’).
    Heard on a recent TV programme (forget which) that the type of misogyny being seen in the Trump campaign isn’t the death throes of a once-powerful group but a rattle-snake rattling.
    Such is the ugly world that young girls and boys are being brought up in.

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