Recent data show that the gender disparity in maths in Australia has grown, with 21.5% of eligible female students choosing not to study maths in higher education -- up from 7.5% in 2001. Experts say a similar trend has been in place since the 1980s. "We need a kind of public education program to shift the image of maths," said Rachel Wilson, who helped prepare the report from the University of Sydney. "Simply educating girls about the fact that they are as good as boys at maths is one way to start."
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