Hello, I'm not sure if there's a post for this already, but I'm in high school and I would like to go into the physics (or mathematics) field. I am especially interested in particle physics at the moment. My mother has her masters in math, and she's told me some tales about her experiences with the gender ratio in her classes (especially grad.). I've read about the fact (according to statistics) that women on average have to work nearly 2.5 times harder for the same opportunities as men and find it a bit intimidating. I was wondering if anyone could tell me whether these statistics are true? Also, what are your experiences with the gender ratio? What can I expect when I eventually take more advanced math or physics classes in regards to this? I am female and although this isn't one of the deciding factors for my future I would like to be more aware of the reality.