There are considerable gender differences in subject choices in education and in choices of occupation e.g. fewer women in STEM fields. These differences can be the subject of some controversy.
Politicians and social commentators often argue that something needs to be done about the gender imbalance in study and work, but often without giving any clear arguments for why this would be necessary. It is almost as if they do not need to explain because everybody knows.
But do people really know or understand why they say we need to change the gender imbalances in study and work? Is it about fairness? Is it about equality? Is it about job-shortages?
In this talk, Professsor Gijsbert Stoert, a psychologist from Leeds Beckett University will review various arguments behind the agenda to change the gender balance.He will argue that there are both good and bad reasons for this agenda. Making clear what the exact arguments are is crucially important for having a better national debate about it.