The social stigma surrounding chess hits women particularly hard. Only four percent of chess players are female; when I asked girls who still play chess the reason for this lack of participation, all of them cited the social stigma surrounding chess. Girls are more confined by stereotypes than boys, something I still struggle with....
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Why Girls Don't Play Chess
Sixteen-year-old Emma Pierson has written a surprisingly mature and well-polished three-part reflection titled "Why I Play Chess" (Part One, Part Two, and Part Three) at the Chess Tales blog, which includes the following reflection on why more girls don't stick with the game:
Hat tip: BCC Weblog.