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      I noticed this story in the press from James Dyson this week:

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-business/11033725/Women-and-girls-are-vital-to-engineering-says-Sir-James-Dyson.html

      (a) Do we really need all these new engineers?

      (b) How can we overcome the gender gap?

    • #13212
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      My first post on talkphysics!  I’d love to say that the gender gap could be narrowed by having more female teachers like us, but I’ve just come from a dept of 7 physicists, 4 of whom were women (yes, an independent school!).  Still, we only had about 25% girls doing A level and quite a few of those were new into the 6th form from girls’ schools.  I wonder if girls see us teaching and think – hmm I can aim higher than that…??  or whether a good-looking bloke is more likely to attract them into physics than a female role model?  Ooh, controversial!

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