In Reply to: Re: Racism and Economics posted by Julie Hall on October 1, 2001 at 17:26:19:
I completely agree with you, Julie. Men wouldn't change just because there were no women's colleges. We would still have all the barriers, discrimination, glass ceilings, etc. Women need colleges like MHC because they give us a space where we can flourish and then go out confidently and kick men's butts in the corporate world.
: If only if was so easy for everyone to believe that they're equal. It just seems that this problem can never be solved. Just because we want racism/sexism to not exist anymore, doesn't mean we can get the rest of the world to think like us. Having a women's college separates women from the world, but at the same time, women aren't treated fairly when society is together as a whole. How can you stop the domination of men? How can you change how people feel about race?
: : I am under the impression that the reason that racism/sexism still exists is partially due to the fact that society incourages people to feel they need to ban together, or identify with some group to get ahead. The notion of conferences or aid for people of different ethnic groups furthers this racism. Maybe in the olden days when women could not go to school, women's colleges were needed, but I do not feel that women's colleges are nessicary for women to get an equal education today. Racism/sexism is just further enhanced if society convices ethnic groups or women that they need special programs to give them a fair chance. If everyone just believed that they were equal, and did not go to racist/sexist organizations for aid, racism/sexism would decrease.
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