Answer: "It’s more a statement, but we often hear from our girls … I’m not good at math and science, so I won’t be good at coding," Pfitzenmaier says. "If you have a daughter, be very intentional about telling her she is good in STEM subjects. Boys are three times more likely to get that message. And then there’s even more influence from other subtle messages we give without even realizing it. If moms talk about how bad they are at math, guess what their daughters think about themselves and their own skills at math? This all adds up to the diversity problem in tech right now."
So, don't be surprised if you hear this question from your child, especially if you have a daughter. The trick, Pfitzenmaeier adds, is showing her the facts, by saying something like: "Yes – there is math involved, but studies show that girls actually outperform boys in math and science in school."