Girls just wanna do maths – and the women who help them

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Project aims to boost pupils’ confidence and tackle gender
imbalance in Stem professions

“I used to think boys were just better at maths,” said
Linah. “But now, it’s like, we go to the same school, we do the
same subjects – so if you can do it, I can do it.”

There’s a reason for the renewed confidence in the 15-year-old
from Dagenham and it’s sitting next to her in a swanky office in
the City of London. Elaine McLoughlin is a business control manager
for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She is also a volunteer tutor on
a programme to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds and get
more girls studying sciences at top universities.

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