Male STEM Student: “My Female Classmates and I Are Not Equal”. Don’t Get Mad Yet!
- JWB Post
- October 10, 2015
The list of career fields rampant with gender-bias and discrimination is a long one. Either there is a situation where men have occupied a majority of the jobs, or one where the women are not paid at par with their male colleagues. There’s something or the other.
A recent letter has brought to light the bias prevailing in STEM. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education.
The letter was written by Jared Mauldin, a senior in mechanical engineering at Eastern Washington University, to the editor of his school’s newspaper, ‘The Easterner’. The letter was addressed to ‘the women in his engineering classes’, explaining how he and the women “are in fact unequal”.
Sexism has touched the lives of women in the fields of STEM to a great degree. According to a study published in the Harvard Business Review, two-thirds of the 557 female scientists surveyed “reported having to prove themselves over and over again.”
“Nothing I said was new, it has all been said a thousand times before. The difference is that I am a man,” he said. “Maybe by standing up and breaking the silence from the male side, I can help some more men begin to see the issues, and begin to listen to the women who have been speaking about this all along.”
Mauldin’s letter has been shared numerous times on twitter and has gotten thousands of likes on Facebook. It only took the man a letter to turn heads, go viral and contribute substantially to the cause. I think a plethora of the society’s problems would get the desired attention, if men started talking about them. This world really does need more men taking a stand for women. #HeForShe