Misti Burmeister
author, speaker, executive coach

Misti Burmeister

Misti Burmeister, author of "From Boomers to Bloggers," founded Inspirion Inc. and specializes in speaking, executive coaching, and generational diversity in the workplace.


It's only fair

Q: Civil rights investigators are examining whether some colleges are admitting higher percentages of male applicants so their campuses won't be dominated by women. Are women being penalized for being more successful students? Should gender be taken into account in the admissions process?

This question seemed hard at first because this is the first time I have heard of a need to ensure opportunities for men. Now that I understand the full scope of this challenge, I advocate for ensuring a diverse campus. If that means giving special attention to male applicants, then I say do it.

Check it out, ladies, all our hard work is paying off! Women have fought hard to gain opportunities in many areas, universities included! Now, here we are considering how to ensure men get the same opportunities as women.

Just as we've fought hard for many disparate groups, so too should we fight for men. Whenever there is one group doing worse than others, there should be a push to help that group.

Ensuring that men have opportunities does not mean women are being penalized. I advocate for balance on all fronts -- everything from sex to ethnicity. Diversity brings such richness to our world.

By Misti Burmeister  |  December 17, 2009; 11:55 PM ET  | Category:  education Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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How can women's hard work be paying off when they are asked to step aside to give the seat to a man. Men have always had the opportunity to gain entrance into colleges. So because they are weakening as a gender in terms of a student body, we should be forced step back and/or be discriminated against?? And yes, it will matter because once college is over, there's the job seeking, the hiring process, and salaries in the workplace. Do you really believe that if discriminate is allowed in admissions to universities, it will suddenly dissappear in the workplace?? Do you really believe what you just published? Geez!

Posted by: lundyt | December 22, 2009 3:18 PM
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Also for Menu2: I would like to remind you that as a man I had to register for the draft with Selective Service, something my sisters did NOT have to do. Believe it or not, there are gender biases against men in this world. Al what point will you be happy - when colleges are 90% women? Or will nothing short of 100% make you happy?

Posted by: panda1961 | December 22, 2009 11:33 AM
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@menu2: I'm sorry, but you might want to go back and study the meaning of the words "civil rights"--I'm pretty sure that advocating discrimination against *any* group pretty much perverts its meaning. Outright bigotry is not too far away by your definition.

Posted by: Sneeje | December 21, 2009 11:48 AM
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Check it out ladies? What old-fashioned language... that goes with a latently sexist way of thinking.

Civil rights protections were and are for groups that were discriminated against, including women, but not including men. There is no gender bias against men, and in reality they still benefit from many, many millenium of unfair advantages.

Turning civil rights against protected groups is wrong.

Posted by: MeNU2 | December 19, 2009 1:27 AM
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Check it out, ladies, all our hard work is paying off!
Yes, to the tune of what, $.76 on the dollar? When there is true equal opportunity in the workplace, perhaps I'd consider giving a male a break getting into college. Oh, yes, and give me a key to the good ole boy's network while your at it.

I think it's ludicrous for women who have busted their booty to get good grades and make the cut to step aside for a male simply for "balance." Please.... We've been walked around and walked over and on since humans functioned upright.

Posted by: itsagreatday1 | December 18, 2009 9:20 PM
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