Eoghan O’Neill
TeachNet Moderator

Hi Patrick,

Thanks for your post. The transition to secondary and subject choices is certainly an area in which gender imbalances (often due to stereotyping) occur. Indeed, it goes beyond these subjects – less than 20% of the student population in Leaving Cert physics and chemistry is female. The PDST and UCD have had a collaboration called ‘EDI’ to encourage more diversity in STEM subjects. Furthermore, work is also being done on a ‘Women in STEM’ initiative to rectify this. I love ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ – a couple of other picture books have been listed above for exploring this topic.

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