A new study that looked at math scores for boys and girls in 69 countries corroborates her experience.
"There are no differences in girls' abilities in math," says Nicole Else-Quest, who led the study that analyzed the tests of nearly a half million students aged 14 to 16. "When they have the same resources boys have, nothing holds them back."
Her research linked individual achievement in test scores to the local status of women. In countries where men and women are perceived as equal, girls perform better in math. In Iceland, girls outperform boys; in Korea, boys outperform girls. In Canada, the difference in girls' and boys' scores is too small to be meaningful, Else-Quest said Wednesday.
Of course this means that people will step up to say, "Well, guys just have a greater range of math ability and the top mathematicians are just going to be guys." I strongly recommend they read this first.