On college campuses, a gender gap in student government - The Washington Post

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Posted by: Posted by Mary Smith - Mar 22, 2011 - 6:29 PM PDT
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Mary Smith
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by Mary Smith - Mar. 22, 2011

This article grounds student government by presenting the gender gap,-- or the lower involvement of females in student government than males--and keeping the forms of leadership on college campuses in question. This topic is super interesting, and as the author states, "...precise figures were unavailable," with respect to the percent of female student government presidents at four-year colleges. One reason for the insignificance of not having these precise figures may be that, "...women gravitate to leadership of clubs or causes more in line with their career goals instead of jumpint into what they might view as a boys club." Who is to say that being the editor in chief of the school newspaper is any less diplomatic, any less ... More »

“People who track student government say the gender gap is often reinforced by fraternities that vote en masse for male candidates.” “But women seem ... More »

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Roland F. Hirsch
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by Roland F. Hirsch - Mar. 22, 2011

This news analysis has journalistic merit. The author quotes a variety of experts as well as offering anecdotes from students. The article is somewhat short, however, on substantive information. It would have been very relevant to report whether, for example, Nikki Haley, Mary Fallin, Kelly Ayotte, Renee Ellmers, Kristi Noem, Jennifer Carroll, Susana Martinez, ... , held any college office, before accepting the claim that campus politics "could bolster their ranks in statehouses and on Capitol Hill". All were newly elected in 2010.

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