Back To Career News

Brilliant Minds: Women in Mathematics [infographic]


Math has long been a field dominated by men. Now, researchers are asking why. Is it a difference in the way men and women’s brains are wired or is it something else? This, infographic sheds some light on women in mathematics.

A 2013 study in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization shows that girls didn’t perform as well as boys in contests that had only one round. However, when there were multiple rounds, girls were able to perform just as well and in many cases even better. The study showed that speed was also a factor. When the tests were not timed, the girls did just as well as the boys, even in the first round.

Stereotypes may also lead to discrepancies between men and women. In 1992, Mattel took a lot of flack for releasing a talking Barbie doll that uttered the phrase, “Math class is tough!” It seems that parents weren’t too excited about the idea of reaffirming social stereotypes.

Check out the infographic below for more revelations on women in math.

Do You Know What You're Worth?

Tell Us What You Think

We want to hear from you! Do you think women are just as good at math as men? Share your thoughts on Twitter or in the comments!

More From PayScale

How to Recover From a Bad Interview

Learn to Keep Your Clients Happy From the Restaurant Industry

Learn How To Get More Retweets [infographic]

women in math

(Photo Credit: Montrasio)

Marissa Brassfield
Read more from Marissa

Leave a Reply

Notify of
What Am I Worth?

What your skills are worth in the job market is constantly changing.