"To be educated means… I will not only be able to help myself, but also my family, my country, my people. The benefits will be many." MEDA WAGTOLE, SCHOOLGIRL, ETHIOPIA
Education is a fundamental human right thus all should have access, equal access to this vehicle of success. On the ground many girls and women have been marginalised with no conducive environment to learn optimally, especially in maths and science which are historically a preserve for boys and men.
Women have to work almost twice as hard as their male counterparts to be recognised in maths and science. The challenges that girls face in the classroom or laboratory are far more than those of boys thus making it an uphill task to excel especially in the sciences. I have searched around for the most prominent list of challenges faced by girls. This list is not exhaustive and a lot can be added.
Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained. Marie Curie
What I have noticed from personal experience is that girls lack confidence which in turn affects their interest and acumen at maths and science and ultimately their career choices. This lack of confidence is a direct result of societal perceptions implanted in both males and females from a very young age.
At this juncture, I will reinforce the fact that girls are equally capable and if you were made to believe otherwise, then discard it and turn on a new leaf. Maths and Science can be done by anyone. It is a choice.
―For the founders of many emerging building-toy brands—women engineers in their 20s and 30s— creating an opportunity for girls to work on their spatial skills is critical. Several of them cite as motivation the fact that there are far fewer women in science and technology professions than men‖. - Diana Kapp