Women not good at math? Blame nurture, not nature: study


The Globe and Mail, August 31, 2011


Girls are good at languages, boys are best at math.

At least, that’s what academics such as former Harvard president Lawrence Summers would have us believe – not to mention the infamous talking Barbie (“Math class is tough!”) reprogrammed by Mattel after public outcry over the phrase.

But a new study of tribes in rural India suggests that nurture, not nature, accounts for the gender math gap, Time.com reports.

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