Talking Back to Conservatives About Title IX and Science

You all may be aware of the moronically stupid column by John Tierney that ran in the NY Times recently, an opinion piece disguised as reporting. I haven't had a chance yet to give my own response to this piece of tripe, or to show you how it is but one more piece in Christina Hoff Sommers's American Enterprise Institute-funded propaganda campaign against women in science.

The Association for Women in Science wrote a letter in response to Tierney's trash. Naturally, the NY Times refused to run it. However, you can read it here. In addition,

[AWIS] constructed an in-depth op-ed, also in collaboration with SWE. With support from the National Women's Editorial Forum, a group dedicated to increasing the supply of commentary by women and their participation in the media, our piece has been distributed to every weekly and daily newspaper in the country.

The op-ed focuses on the importance of Title IX compliance and seeks to debunk some of the misconceptions associated with the law including that it is only applicable to sports. Some claim Title IX compliance reviews are a "new" way to apply the law to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), but this law has been applicable to all educational programs receiving federal funds for 36 years.

Look for the op-ed in your local newspaper over the coming week. If you don't see it published soon, contact your local paper and request they print a copy.

Good stuff! You heard 'em, folks. Watch for this in your local paper and if you don't see it over the next week, call or write and ask them to print it.

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"You all may be aware of the moronically stupid column by John Tierney that ran in the NY Times recently, an opinion piece disguised as reporting"

You're gonna have to narrow it down a bit.