[EDEQUITY] Fwd: Boys and School Article Comment

From: WYBEARfan1@aol.com
Date: Mon May 22 2000 - 10:58:25 EDT

  • Next message: Jan Mokros: "[EDEQUITY] Re: Boys and School Article"

    I've almost written several times, but the note about the Desiree Cooper
    article printed in the Detroit Free Press helped convince me now was a good
    first time. I'm only a shortertimer to the list, and a short termer in my
    knowledge of real details of the long-standing 2nd class treatment of
    women,but a long term carer for fair treatment and opportunities. Even
    the exact details, it is clear the institutionalized ruts in the road of
    society still preordain the life patterns many men and women continue to be
    forced into. With equality, both men and women will leave the ruts for a
    way they choose instead.

    Based on what most people have said here and based on most if not all of
    what the equity advocates I speak to have said, we are concerned when
    anyone is
    discriminated against. However, until the ongoing work for equality for
    women, gains the critical mass of quantity and quality of representation to
    have equal access to general decision making, equal pay and opportunity
    throughout our society, we will continue being within sight and almost
    there forever. It is very important, for advocates to continue working too
    the other important issues such as helping boys, helping to remedy racial
    issues and people with other special challenges. I for one feel that
    making sure
    we finally achieve the day when men and women are equals "in fact", not
    under God, is my most important issue.

    I don't believe that either men nor women can ever reach their ultimate
    potentials, until we reach that equality partnership. The person who wants

    to propose argument after argument about why we should loose our focus, is
    free to concentrate on helping boys keep all they have. I for one will do
    all I can to make sure our institutions welcome and include women as they
    should, to help achieve the partnership of equality and to gain the mutual
    respect equality brings. The suggestion to create real accurate fact
    sheets, perhaps fairness law quotes and perhaps explanation sheets to help
    there, sounds great. Dialogues about how to use these and what to do with
    would be great too. At least it would be for me. The variety of people
    committed to this work is truly inspiring. YEA!

    tom wilson

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