How girls get a head start in life

Allison Pearson, writing in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph, summed up some of the advantages of all-girls education during the crucial teenage years.

“You can be more yourself,” said one. “Less self-conscious,” said another, “you don’t have to put on a face for the boys.” “It’s not weird for a girl to come top in maths because there are no boys to worry about,” said the brilliant girl who comes top in maths. The Daughter – never in danger of coming top in maths, bless her – volunteered: “At school girls run everything, so you don’t know that’s not normal and it makes you confident for real life.

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