achievement gap

I've been through the standardised education system in the United Kingdom and I have to say, I was not and still am not, impressed.
Women are more usually associated with nurture and we quite often achieve great things without ever recognising them, mainly to ourselves. Great leaders, more often male, don't sit around modestly waiting to be chosen, they shout about their achievements and step in to answer all the right questions.
Realising I am now teaching students born in the year 2000 (or the year of Eminem Vs Bob the Builder Christmas no.1 battle as I remember it), was one of those moments where the generation gap was thrown into sharp relief.
It's said that Alfred Nobel established the Nobel Prize because his obituary was published in error before his death and