There has been much discussion recently about how gender stereotypes impact young girls’ perceptions of themselves and their future opportunities. A recent study suggested that by the age of six, girls are less likely to associate brilliance with their gender, subsequently resulting in girls avoiding activities and interests affiliated with perceived higher intelligence.
This got us curious, so we decided to test for ourselves how young girls think about themselves, their interests in school, and other learning-related topics. Abby and Bella were invited to join us for a tea party. They were not told ahead of time what the questions were, and they had not spent any significant time together prior to this tea party.
The biggest surprise to us was how both of them easily rattled off, in full detail, their favorite science experiments! Watch our video to see what Abby and Bella had to say in response to the five questions below. Do they support or contradict the findings of the gender brilliance study?
- How would you describe yourself?
- What’s your favorite book?
- What are your favorite subjects?
- What are your favorite experiments?
- Who do you want to be like?
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