Huge Gender College Degree Gap for Class of 2012; Do We Really Need Hundreds of Women's Centers?
And the huge gender inequity in higher education is nothing new, women have earned a majority of college degrees in every year since 1981, see chart below.
Question: Gender equity for college degrees was achieved back in 1981 and women since then have earned an increasingly larger share of college degrees compared to men in almost every year, so that men have become the "second sex" in higher education. Despite the huge and growing "degree gap" over the last 30 years in favor of women (140 women earning a college degree this year for every 100 men), there are almost 200 women's centers on college campuses around the country (list here), some receiving public funding, most with the stated goal of "promoting (or advocating) gender equity" and promoting "women's success." Here are some examples:
The University of Minnesota's Women’s Center advances equity for women students, staff, faculty and alumnae across identities by increasing connections for women’s success, cultivating socially responsible leaders, and advocating for organizational culture change toward excellence for all.
The University of Virginia Women’s Center educates U.Va. students in how to create change in self, community, and the world by providing programs and services that advocate gender equity.
The mission of the University of Idaho Women’s Center is to promote and advocate for gender equity on campus and in the community through programs and services that educate and support all individuals in building an inclusive and compassionate society.
The University of North Carolina Women’s Center strives to be a leader on efforts and initiatives related to gender equity.
MP: Even though the publicly stated goal of almost every Women's Center is "gender equity," there seems to be a very selective concern about sex imbalances, with no concern at all about the gender inequities at every level of higher education favoring women to the point that men have clearly become the "second sex" in higher education.
Rule A: Any outcome where women statistically represent less than 50% of a population is a case of gender inequity, sexism and discrimination that must be addressed with awareness, public funding for women's centers, legal action, regulation, legislation (Title IX), scholarships for women, etc. to correct the sex imbalances, with the ultimate goal being perfect statistical gender parity, i.e. gender equity.
Rule B: Any outcome where women represent more than 50% of a population (e.g. higher education at all levels: associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctor's degrees) isn't really gender inequity, or at least it is gender inequity that doesn't really count and can be completely ignored because that statistical gender disparity is a natural outcome of female superiority.
Bottom Line: Now that there's a huge college degree gap in favor of women and men have become the second sex in higher education, maybe it's time to stop funding hundreds of women's centers that promote a goal of gender equity that was achieved thirty years ago.