Hardened feminists: this will open your heart

Ever feel like a hardened feminist?  Remember your time in the workplace with some level of appreciation for how difficult it was and possibly still is for women in some industries?

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Perhaps you’ve stopped wonder if the world works differently for young students today facing sexual stereotyping in male-dominant careers like engineering?  This  letter from a young male engineering student to the women in his class will touch your heart.  The piece was published in The Easterner, and was written by Jared Maudlin.

He wrote:

“To the women in my engineering classes:
While it is my intention in every other interaction I share with you to treat you as my peer, let me deviate from that to say that you and I are in fact unequal.
Sure, we are in the same school program, and you are quite possibly getting the same GPA as I, but does that make us equal?
I did not, for example, grow up in a world that discouraged me from focusing on hard science.
Nor did I live in a society that told me not to get dirty, or said I was bossy for exhibiting leadership skills.
In grade school I never had to fear being rejected by my peers because of my interests.
I was not bombarded by images and slogans telling me that my true worth was in how I look, and that I should abstain from certain activities because I might be thought too masculine.
I was not overlooked by teachers who assumed that the reason I did not understand a tough math or science concept was, after all, because of my gender.
I have had no difficulty whatsoever with a boys club mentality, and I will not face added scrutiny or remarks of my being the “diversity hire.”
When I experience success the assumption of others will be that I earned it.
So, you and I cannot be equal. You have already conquered far more to be in this field than I will ever face.”
Sincerely,
Jared Mauldin
Senior in Mechanical Engineering

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