The Problem With Being a Female College Student

The problem with being a female college student is that, like other “Others”, you’re not entirely supported by the academy.

The problem with being a female college student and/or scholar is the consistent struggle of validity. Affirmation that women belong in academic institutions, would, I believe, solve other issues that are consequential of this problem. Validation can come in may forms: more scholarships helping us through school, more funding to support groups and academic task forces to diffuse sexism in colleges, and free day care for working parent/students.

The problem with being a female college student is that there is no platform for us to air our perspectives in an open and understanding environment. The daunting task of expressing unwanted or unpopular viewpoints (meaning, as a female) goes not without awkward glances or the compromise of relationships with classmates. More and more often the academy makes us feel as if those views are unwelcome, which is clear in the disrespect and disregard of Shannon Gibney‘s pedagogical approach on race. It is conflicts like this that make our institutions unsupportive environments for intellectual and scholarly development of young women.

The problem with being a female college student is that we have so many problems. Lots of problems. Problems that fall on deaf ears because we are female college students. The problem with being a female college student is the fact that we are female college students, a demographic that, when intersected with race, gender identity, or class, can breed more problems.

The increase of institutional neglect of women’s problems is concomitant with the increase of these problems and the burdens that female college students bear. The problems we face today are highly solvable but will perpetuate without proper acknowledgment of women as  catalysts for the vitality of the University of Minnesota.

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