According to Daily Mail, GCSE pupils’ science curriculum is a female-free zone, analysis has found.
GCSE students learn about Lord Kelvin, developer of the Kelvin scale of absolute temperatures, and French physicist Charles-Augustin de Coulomb – but not Marie Curie, who developed X-rays, or Rosalind Franklin, who helped uncover DNA’s double helix structure.
Across three major exam boards’ test guidelines, 40 men are mentioned but just two women – Miss Franklin and Mary Leakey, an archaeologist who discovered human-like fossils supporting Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Shelley Gonsalves, the charity’s executive director, said: ‘We’ve overlooked that there are too few women celebrated in these subjects… this leaves talent unlocked, which exacerbates our STEM skills shortage.’
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