Outdated claims hold women back

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “Women in university politics”
Jan. 29. 2009

To the editor:
Lauren Pelley’s analysis of the situation and opportunities available for women in the political and professional spheres could not have been more bang-on. I would like to commend her for presenting her opinions in an arena that is usually dominated by feminists holding on to the notion of the glass ceiling.

This idea that a glass ceiling exists at this day and age is absurd and I feel it is holding the people who believe in it back. I am very skeptical of Ms. Demore’s assertion that talented women are being discouraged in the classroom. From my experience, being heavily involved in both politics as well as my academic studies, I find the very opposite is true. Not once has being a woman ever stopped me from accomplishing and achieving any of my goals.

What I find more offensive than anything else are policies that are designed to set quotas for women. I have seen women get into positions by default for being the only woman to apply. These policies of reverse discrimination are extremely detrimental and undervalue women.

Another common assertion that I must address is this goal of professions and certain realms having a 50-50 participation rate of men and women. This goes back to the fundamental definition of equality. Is it an equality of result? I would argue it is an equality of opportunity to get there. Women have the opportunity to take engineering, run for University Students’ Council President and lead political organizations on campus. They have this opportunity and whether they choose to take it is another issue. Ensuring that the figure of participation is 50-50 is irrelevant.

I urge all students in the upcoming USC election to vote. To vote for someone not because they are a woman alone, but because they have the best policies and ideas to bring to the table regardless of if they are male or female.
" Amber Ruddy
Criminology & Sociology III

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