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EWU student’s letter on sexism goes viral

EWU engineering student Jared Mauldin wrote a recent letter to the editor of the student newspaper saying female engineering students aren’t his equal because they weren’t given the same encouragement he had growing up. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
EWU engineering student Jared Mauldin wrote a recent letter to the editor of the student newspaper saying female engineering students aren’t his equal because they weren’t given the same encouragement he had growing up. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Jared Mauldin, a senior at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, didn’t expect the avalanche of responses he received after penning a letter to the editor of the school newspaper. Mauldin wrote of his perceptions on sexism in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. The letter was published in the Easterner on Sept. 30. A 34-year-old mechanical engineering major at EWU, Mauldin began his letter: “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?” Mauldin followed up by writing that women in EWU’s engineering program likely had to work much harder to prove themselves and earn respect than men in the program did/Judith Spitzer, SR correspondent. More here.




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D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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