Feminism | Posted by Ines R on 02/19/2016
The Real Reason Women Are Still Underrepresented In Leadership
It’s time to act.
My friend Sasha, a STEM major, is constantly asked what it’s like to be “a girl in science.” Her mother, who has had a successful and illustrious career in medicine, understands her daughter’s struggle all too well. When she was a resident, she told her daughter, she did not receive paid maternity leave and only took time off when she could. She watched men rise to the top of STEM fields for years and saw how their work was overstated while women’s was ignored. She therefore found her daughter’s experience disappointing but unsurprising.
Given the pervasiveness of both daily and lifelong sexist experiences like these, it’s perhaps unsurprising that women fail to rise to leadership positions — in STEM fields and beyond. A study released late …
Feminism | Posted by Beatrice M on 04/9/2014
Are We Sexually Equal?
Women have made great strides towards social, political and economic equality in the past decades, but where do we stand in terms of sexual equality? Humans are sexual creatures who all want to explore our sexuality, but society undeniably still influences many women and men to view sex differently.
While medical advancements, like the invention of the pill, have radically transformed women’s sexual autonomy, there are still a number of cultural forces that suppress women’s sexuality. Women are still sexually exploited in the media and there are still societal pressures that encourage us to think of men as overly sexual creatures and women as demure and untouchable. Rigid purity standards and sexual double standards continue to demonize women for having sex and women also still face greater repercussions for sexual …
Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 07/28/2010
Boys: Second Class Citizens in the Classroom
one of our disadvantaged boys
Apparently, when it comes to education in New York City, boys are “second class citizens.” Or at least that’s what Christina Hoff Sommers, author of The War Against Boys and the recent article Are There More Girl Geniuses, thinks.
Before we start shedding tears for our disadvantaged brothers and sons, let’s take a look at the indicators of such a disparity. The author points to a recent New York Times article that notes girls make up – are you ready?– 56% of kindergarteners in gifted programs in NYC. Clearly, there is some kind of mastermind behind this giant conspiracy to rid the world of educated men. And while the article does state that some programs have as many as 3/5 girls, it also admits …