A US-based study found that girls as young as six years old believe that “brilliance” and “giftedness” are male traits. Christia Spears Brown, professor of psychology at Kentucky University and author of Parenting Beyond Pink and Blue, tells The Guardian:
“This study shows that girls are internalizing those cultural messages early in development, believing that, yes they may work hard, but they are not naturally really smart. These beliefs can have important implications for what types of academic paths children choose to take, and shows why girls are opting out of majors like physics, despite earning high grades in school.”
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