Male Science Student Proves His Female Peers Aren't Equal In The Best Way

"So you and I cannot be equal ..."

It's no secret that STEM fields are male dominated. There are a number of reasons for this, including the systematic indoctrination that science is for boys. This bias is rooted in old-school sexism, but even today with scientists becoming more open-minded, it's still very difficult for many women to excel in these areas.

Jared Mauldin, a mechanical engineering senior at Eastern Washington University, understands that his female classmates have faced challenges that go far beyond what male students in the program need to overcome. 

He penned a letter to the editor in the school's paper, The Easterner, detailing the ways that his female classmates are not his equal.

“To the women in my engineering classes,” writes Jared Mauldin, a senior at Eastern Washington University. “While it is...

Posted by A Mighty Girl on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The full letter reads:

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

This guy. He gets it.

By shining a light on this system of inequality, hopefully things can change and this type of appeal won't be necessary in the future.

[H/T: A Mighty Girl]