If You're A Woman And You're Bad At Math, Blame the Patriarchy

    Spoiler: This will break your heart.

    Okay, it's about time we had a serious talk about women and math.

    According to this study, 1 in 5 girls will fail at math in her life.

    It all begins when we're young. While girls' toys teach us how to cook and be good mothers, boys' toys teach them how to build stuff.

    Then, when they go to school and start learning math, the girls perform poorly, to a large extent because they believe that they're not good enough to succeed.

    What's even worse is that there is a conspicuous lack of female role models for young girls who want to go into STEM professions. Around the world, few mothers of 15-year-olds actually work in STEM professions.

    In 2012, only 14% of women entering university for the first time elected to pursue a science-related field of study, contrasted with 39% of men entering university in the same year.

    When it's time to choose a career, most women end up not going into science- or math-related related careers because they think that "it's for men."

    And in their professional lives, women often face obstacles such as harassment.

    If you know a young girl or woman who's pursuing a math- or science-related field, congratulate and support her.

    So that we can all help put an end to this very "macho" bullshit.

    This post was translated from Spanish.