By Toni Grace Lennox
“Maths and Physics are not boring” says a new campaign aiming to get more girls studying the subjects.
‘Yourlife’ launched today in an effort to help boost the number of girls’ studying maths and science.
According to the campaign these subjects are the ‘pathway to a successful future’ but claim there are fewer than 20% of 16-19 year olds study Maths, and half of mixed state schools had no girls study Physics in 2011.
Maths teacher and ‘Duck Quacks Don’t Echo’ star Dr Emily Grossman say the reason for the gap with girls in maths and science subjects is due to low self-confidence.
“Young girls at school, but women as a whole, tend to suffer from something called ‘Imposter Syndrome’, now not everyone obviously, but more in women than in men where we tend to think that ‘oh I’m not really good at that or if I did do good in that I’ll be found out sometime'”
‘Imposter Syndrome’ is said to be when a person cannot ‘internalise their accomplishments’ according to founders Pauline R. Clance and Suzanne A. Imes.
According to Imes and Clance, people with imposter syndrome can also feel like ‘frauds’ and chalk up any accomplishments to good luck or timing, not intelligence.
The Yourlife campaign has Government backing and will begin speaking to the teens to improve the gender gap and prove that these subjects are the main route into well-paid careers.