Mathematical Digest
Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics in the Popular Press"Girls Are Better at Math, But ...," by Maia Weinstock. Discover, September 2003. The article quotes psychologists Jacquelynne Eccles and Mina Vida (at theUniversity of Michigan) who propose that women are rare in mathematicsbasedfields like physics and engineering not because of fear of math but because ofsocialization. "The data [based on interviews and questionnaires] indicate thatgirls' math abilities outpace boys' through high school, but the girls eschewmathoriented careers because they do not believe such careers are valuable tosociety." Pamela DavisKean (codirector of Michigan's Gender and AchievementResearch Program) suggests that girls have math ability (many go into thebiomedical sciences) but that an earlier influenceparentsaffects thevalue girls place on mathematics.  Annette Emerson
