I believe in order to make a friend, you have to be a friend.
It is pure mythology that women cannot perform as well as men in science, engineering and mathematics. In my experience, the opposite is true: Women are often more adept and patient at untangling complex problems, multitasking, seeing the possibilities in new solutions and winning team support for collaborative action.
I grew up in a Chinese family where the parents’ No. 1 priority is the kids’ education.