Half of all state schools in England don't send a single girl on to study physics at A level. Professor Dame Athene Donald, professor of experimental physics at Cambridge University and Joan McVittie, head teacher of Woodside High School in north London, give their opinions on why this is the case.
A Department for Education spokesman said: "We are working with the Institute of Physics to attract the brightest physics graduates into teaching with the highest ever bursaries.
"We are also giving the IOP £6.85m over the period 2011-14 to provide an inspiring, engaging and innovative programme of physics lessons and continuing professional development for teachers.
"We want to see new recruits developing pupils' interest in the subject and pushing schools with low take-up and attainment in physics to encourage more girls to study physics at A-level."
What is feminism?
It is the absurd notion that it is either moral or sustainable to encourage women to do men's jobs badly while neglecting their own work.