when i was a schoolgirl, the assumption was that math & science were masculine subjects, and arts & humanities were feminine subjects. mom was an english teacher, and dad was a stockbroker so what i saw at home tended to reinforce this social and intellectual stereotype. and though i was always a star in my english classes and struggled more with math, the fact remained that i consistently tested higher on math in the standardized tests they gave us each year, leading up to and including the sat’s.
in my adult career, i deal with both words and numbers. when it comes to numbers, the concepts of order and purity appeal to me. as time has gone on, though, i’ve learned that even with numbers, there’s often much more to the story than meets the eye. another thing i’ve learned is that people put a whole crazy mystique around numbers, like they are super complicated. yeah, there are some tough concepts that i really don’t get, but the basics are just that — basics.
to invoke a cliche, it’s not rocket science… this business stuff. it’s really simple math. i wish more girls would get that message: that the world of math is as available to them as it is to their brothers. winnie cooper also wants to get this message out, and she’s written a book to advance the cause. go winnie!