Call for Evidence - Commission on Gender Stereotypes in Early Childhood


1. Introduction

Thank you for taking the time to respond to this call for evidence, as part of the Fawcett Society’s expert Commission on Gender Stereotypes in Early Childhood.

There is an ongoing debate about whether gender differences are down to ‘nature’, meaning differences in our biology, or ‘nurture’, meaning the way we are raised and the society we live in.

What is clear from the science is that the extreme ‘nature’ position, that differences between girls and boys are all based on our biology and cannot be changed, is not a reflection of reality. The world that we live in and the way people behave towards us have a vital role in shaping gender differences.

We want to hear your views on how that happens. Your evidence will feed in to the Commission's discussions, and our reports.