When I was putting together the resources for the 2017 Excelsior Award (in 2016) I decided I wanted to use it as an opportunity to properly find out just how many girls take part every year. I’d always suspected it was quite a few, and I knew I had several all-girl schools that signed up every year, but I wanted to try and amass some data on this 'gender differential' issue and see if I could prove my theories (despite my natural aversion to data collection!). So I put an option to record gender on the Rating Form. It was as simple as everything else related to the Excelsior Award. Students were simply asked to circle “male” or “female”… and then I’d have all the data I needed.