Why girls beat boys at school and lose to them at the office

Hard work and discipline help 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 per cent of the top positions in the largest public companies.

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

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 11, 2019, with the headline 'Why girls beat boys at school and lose to them at the office'. Print Edition | Subscribe