Don’t forget the boys…

Over the last week I read many great posts and comment why women are discriminated in the business world and why we need more female leaders in our society. You can read about the introduction of women quota in supervisory board , the positive influence of female leadership qualities in management or about why most women mention kids as career obstacles. Honestly, I think that we really have to face these issues in order to change our society and to encourage equality. But I am asking myself: Does the current hype goes to far?

Positive discrimination is an effective method in order to adjust inequalities. However, it also discriminates others which are in our case men. A couple of days ago, I was on the homepage of my business school and I came across a section about scholarships. Surprisingly, there were just offering scholarships for women. There is only a hint referring to general websites about scholarships. Interestingly, there are far more women studying at my business school as men.  So why do they not support men at all? Another interesting aspect regarding education was made by Thomas last week. He was referring to a study which clearly highlighted that women are better in school and university. But what does that mean to me? Are women more intelligent or do they work harder than men? Or is the education system in Germany just favorable for them?

I once had an interesting conversation with a principal of secondary school. She was saying that boys are clearly discriminated in school. An author in a Swiss newspaper also came to this conclusion. In Germany you are used to get direct instructions by the teacher. Therefore, you need pupils that are listen carefully and don’t disturb the lesson. Unfortunately, boys in the age between eight and 16 have major difficulties doing that. They always need action and new impulses. Interestingly, the majority of children with attention deficit disorder are boys. 40 years ago this disease was not an issue at all. So is there not a need to rethink our education system?

However, what I am trying to say is that we should not forget about men in our society. Thereby, I don’t want to say that we don’t need programs especially for women in order to reduce inequality. We should just make sure that we do not build up more inequalities than before.

2 Responses to “Don’t forget the boys…”
  1. Mary says:

    Thank you very much for that post! Clearly structured, very readable and nice arguments.
    Regarding the discrimination of boys in school, you should take a look at a very interesting article.
    The author is suggesting that due to the disproportionally high number of female educators and teachers, boys are missing male role models which makes learning hard for them during puberty.
    You are absolutely right argumenting that “We should just make sure that we do not build up more inequalities than before”, but then again you might want to take a look at the source of this ‘school dilemma’ – teacher, educator or day care nursery are typical careers for woman, what’s missing is an adequate payment and prestige. What we need for more equality in school is more diversity amongst teachers and educators. In the article, the author also claims that ‘the younger the children, the lower the prestige of the educational institution, the lower the payment, the more women”. Women started going into men’s jobs, which is what we are discussing over and over. But men will not start accessing the other job area until what we regard as typical women’s jobs won’t be promoted. Another interesting topic worth having a look at!

  2. Izzy says:

    You have a very good point here, thanks for bringing in this perspective. I have to admit that I also feel a little indifferent with all the fuzz about women and quota and inequality… Even our university has got two committees for women and the funny thing is, of course the presidents are all men (plus 3 FEMALE secretaries). Therefore, Martin don’t worry. It will take a long long time until this other (backward) inequality arises. However, I agree that we shouldn’t always tend to just thinking black or white. From my perspective, there should be a quota for men in typical women’s jobs as well, as Mary suggested. And I think if this happened the problem of underpay would resolve itself.

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