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Does your daughter forget or misplace things all the time? Is she the classroom helper? Assessment scales for ADHD have tended to use data from boys so the signs of ADHD in girls may not be what you expect. (Shutterstock)

Fourteen signs your daughter may have ADHD

Assessment scales for ADHD have been developed using mostly male research samples. As a result, the behaviours indicating ADHD in girls may not be what you expect.
At McMaster University, 40 per cent of assistant professors in engineering are now women and the school is working hard to make the profession more equitable for women. (Shutterstock)

Why engineering schools globally need more creative women

Engineering has long been a male-dominated profession. Now engineering schools globally are making extraordinary efforts to attract the creative female talent they really need.
Sarah and Olive Kanake read one of the new breed of girl-power picture books. Miriam Ackroyd from Life is Beautiful Photography

Friday essay: the feminist picture book revolution

The lack of strong female characters in children's picture books is oft-lamented. But a new crop of books invites girls to write themselves into history.
By agencies working together, we can prevent female genital mutilation, which new research confirms is happening in Australia. from www.shutterstock.com

Female genital mutilation is hurting Australian girls and we must work together to stamp it out

Female genital mutilation is largely hidden in Australia and other high-income countries. But the United Nations says it is a global concern – and our research found it does affect girls here.
Let’s see how this works. Cockrell School of Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

How to involve more women and girls in engineering

Most people have a very limited understanding of what engineers do – and we engineers don't do a good job of expanding that view. But if we did, the benefits could be impressive.
The narrative around sexuality education is one of disease, danger and risk. Shutterstock

Why sexuality education in schools needs a major overhaul

The messages that adolescents receive from sexuality education classes are frequently negative. It's time for the curriculum to become more empowering for learners and teachers.
There are very few spaces in which girls can discuss menstruation or ask questions about it. Reuters/Zohra Bensemra

How to break down the stigma and taboo around menstruation

Menstruation is a fact of life – but in many parts of Africa, it's something that young women dread. A South African research group is working to change this.
There are very clear ideas in Ghana about what girls can and should do, and how boys ought to behave. EPA/Nic Bothma

How parenting in Ghana shapes sexist stereotypes

Ghanaians believe that boys and girls should be raised very differently. This feeds into strongly defined traditional gender roles and ultimately leads to women having a lower social status.

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