AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of June 20, 2008 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Hannah Jang-Condell & Caroline Simpson 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1. Culture, Gender and Math 
 
2. Gender Issues in Math/Science Education 
 
3. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
4. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
 
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1. Culture, Gender and Math 
From: John Parejko [parejkojdrexel.edu] 
 
This article on the math and reading scores of girls in different 
countries might be of interest to the list.  Short summary: 15 year 
old girls do better compared to boys, in both math and reading (as 
measured by the Programme for International Student Assessment), in 
countries that are more gender equal (as measured by the UN and World 
Economic Forum's Gender Gap Index).  In the countries with the highest 
levels of gender equality, the "math gender gap" essentially 
disappears. 
 
http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/sci;320/5880/1164 
 
Another take away point is that, apparently, girls are better than 
boys, in both math and reading, in Iceland... 
 
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2. Gender Issues in Math/Science Education 
From: WIPHYS of June 17, 2008 
 
WIPHYS [and AASWOMEN] subscribers might be interested in "Gender 
Issues in Science/Math Education (GISME)" [Hake & Mallow (2008)]. 
 
This 11.8 MB compilation of over 700 annotated references and 1000 
hot-linked URL's provides a window into the vast literature on Gender 
Issues in Science/Math Education. The present listing is an update, 
expansion, and generalization of the earlier 0.23 MB "Gender Issues 
in Physics/Science Education (GIPSE)" by Mallow & Hake (2002). 
 
Of course, Jeffry Mallow and I would be very interested in any 
comments any of you might care to make on GISME. 
 
To access GISME, please click on 
( http://www.physics.indiana.edu/~hake ), scroll to item 55, and then 
click on [GISME-5k-Part1.pdf] for Part 1 and [GISME-5k-Part2.pdf] for 
Part 2. 
 
The earlier "Gender Issues in Physics/Science Education (GIPSE)" 
[Mallow & Hake (2002)] can be found on the APS website 
http://www.aps.org/programs/women/resources/gender.cfm 
 
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4. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
 
Past issues of AASWOMEN are available at 
 
http://www.aas.org/cswa/AASWOMEN.html 
 
Each annual summary includes an index of topics covered.