Future is Female Roundtable Event
On Wednesday November 14th, QFCE hosted a roundtable discussion centered around the theme “The Future is Female”. The discussion was an open, inclusive, candid environment with a diverse group of Queen’s students who are passionate about female empowerment.
Topics such as inspiring women we look up to, the US midterm elections, the #MeToo movement, women in STEM and international security, consent, and culture at Queen’s were discussed. The Community Outreach team has put together a few of their favourite points made by the roundtable participants.
On the climate at Queen’s University:
A missing narrative/dialogue is that of minority groups. “Jordan Peterson type talks” are a form of erasure when it comes to making these voices heard, and the administrative bodies at Queen’s are not fighting it
There is a lack of representation in higher positions
There are equity positions in ASUS and the AMS, but there is a lack of knowledge about these positions and a lack of turnout
The burden is placed on women and other minority groups to advocate, show up to events, advertise, and raise awareness
Recently on Queen’s Overheard, a post was made in which a young women responded to and displayed some of the messages she had received from a male student containing racist slurs. Her post was removed by admins with various reasons cited as the cause. :
Was it wrong for the young women’s post to be taken down?
Yes, as it creates a precedent when it comes to others who want to come out and publicly share their stories
Official resources (other than Facebook) need to be made more aware to students
There is a burden placed on victims of racism to remain calm and poised when being attacked, although this responsibility should not always be placed on the victim
How to address racism on campus: small scale changes to the culture, such as sensitivity training for non-gender based groups
On the #MeToo movement:
Men need to be held accountable, the counter argument that it “paralyzes men” creates a toxic discourse
Women thought the Brett Kavanaugh case would be an example of real change
How do women trust the system after this?
Christine Blasey-Ford was a well-educated, respected, white woman: If she is not believed why would other people be?
Need to turn the question of “ruining men's lives” to what about how this has affected the victim’s life?
Sexual violence against men needs to be A PART of the discussion, not a counter argument
On life in male-dominated fields:
In STEM: At Queen’s there is an increase in undergraduate females in engineering, but this does not translate into the real world
There is a need for more female role models
In politics: the culture is still a “boys club”, men still tend to listen more actively when another man is speaking
This lack of representation leads to competition between women
On representation in the Canadian government:
Canada is ranked 50 on the list of countries with women in the legislature
Was Trudeau’s gender balanced cabinet really balanced?
Many of the roles women were in were labeled lower level cabinet positions
By the Community Outreach team: Kiana Buzza, Maddie Case, Emily Thompson, Miranda Reid, and Emily Quimby