Six-Year-Old Girls Already Have Gendered Belief About Intelligence
“It was really heartbreaking,” she says.
Why? “That’s something we’re investigating,” says Bian, “and the answer won’t be simple.” Their parents, perhaps? Parents tend to think that their sons are brighter than their daughters, and they’re 2.5 times more likely to do a google search for “Is my son gifted?” than “Is my daughter gifted?” Their teachers could be another font of stereotypes. So could the characters in the movies they see and the books they read.