Monday, February 08, 2010
Not all, but many of us, of the fairer sex are socially conditioned to be bad at math.
I have spent the last fifteen years, shying away from basic addition and multiplication. When the cheque comes I coyly wait for someone, usually a man, to work out my half. To tip, I simply round up the GST & PST and add it in. I am always in awe when someone calculates the tip down to the last penny.
The first words out of my mouth when asked to do a basic calculation is, “oh I can’t! I am sooo bad at math!”
There is no reason I should be bad at basic math. True I am more of a right brained person, yet in high school, once I put my mind to it, I was fairly good at math. I scored a 90 on Grade 12 algebra.
So my mission, whilst I wait for my fabulous new life to appear (job, would be...etc.) is to throw aside my excuses, admit my fear of long division and that I have forgotten my multiplication tables, and to get back into it.
Because years from now, I don’t want to be passing this idiotic trait to my daughters.
Women of the world, rise up with me and let’s do some math!