Not so much a problem but an opportunity!
Here’s a way for your daughter to get ahead – study Physics. Then she’ll be one of a precious few women with the specialist knowledge and understanding of this fascinating world. In a very few years, there will be employers begging to employ female scientists and physicists.
Why? Because research shows just how few are taking up the subject – in half of the UK’s state co-ed schools not a single girl took A Level physics in 2011. Mind you, the picture is very different in girls’ only schools where they are two-and-a-half times more likely continue studying Physics into the sixth form. And in girls’ independent schools girls get the true picture –that yes, physics is intellectually challenging, but it is exciting and rewarding, and not just financially.
The media has cottoned onto the fact that Physics can be a “sexy” subject. There have been several TV series on astronomy together with an ongoing stream of news of the Hadron Collider and the latest Mars mission. And former boy band member Sir Brian Cox has helped to bring glamour to the subject! It’s time for our daughters to get stuck in and reap the rewards.
The trick to succeeding in this world is not to do what everyone else does but to stand out from the crowd. To be different, to be special. And now this opportunity has come about because too many co-ed schools present Physics study as a male domain.
This is your opportunity, girls!