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Why Girls Beat Boys at School and Lose to Them at the Office

HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE HELPS GIRLS OUTPERFORM BOYS IN CLASS, BUT THAT ADVANTAGE DISAPPEARS IN THE WORKFORCE. IS SCHOOL THE PROBLEM?

From elementary school through college, girls are more disciplined about their schoolwork than boys; they study harder and get better grades. Girls consistently outperform boys academically. And yet, men nonetheless hold a staggering 95% of the top positions in the largest public companies.

What if those same habits that propel girls to the top of their class — their hyperconscientiousness about schoolwork — also hold them back in the workforce?

When , the journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman found that a shortage of competence is less likely to be

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