It’s around age 5 that girls start to doubt their intelligence. And boys don’t.
This phenomenon, referred to as the “dream gap,” was proven by researchers at New York University, the University of Illinois and Princeton University.
They found that stereotypes associate a high-level of intellectual ability with men more than women. Thus, when young girls are exposed to these stereotypes, they don’t always pursue careers that require intelligence.
This begins at prepubescence. Girls begin to avoid those brain-stimulating activities and boys move on, creating a gap.
Barbie, the 60-year-old doll brand made by Mattel, is trying to change that . . .