A recent study of 15-year-old students in 60 countries found girls tend to experience higher ‘maths anxiety’ than boys.
This seems to support the clichéd belief – boys are good at mathematics and sciences and girls are good at the more artistic subjects.
The study found the sexes are equal in mathematical capability. But girls have a negative emotional association with STEM subjects. And this holds females back, the study revealed. This results in fewer females than males taking maths programs at university. (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).