Call for sciences toys to be targeted at both boys and girls

Many girls still believe that some science subjects are not for them - almost half of all state-schools had no girls taking A-level physics in recent years, this is further reflected in choices of university degree. Campaigners have suggested that this is in part because the future aspirations of girls and boys are set at a very early age.

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Liberal Democrat Equalities Minister Jo Swinson is calling on the retail sector to do what is best - ensuring the greatest choice by marketing toys for all children, rather than for boys and girls separately.

Ros, our parliamentary candidate, says: "I support Jo Swinson's campaign to make sure boys and girls are presented with the same opportunities from an early age and not conditioned into believing that they are limited to certain careers because of gender. Jo's support for the Your Life campaign - which is encouraging young people, especially girls, to consider science, technology, engineering and maths careers - and pledge to take action to increase the numbers of women working in the sector is what is needed to counteract messages young girls are given about what they can and can't do."