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Wake Up Call: Women are STILL Being Ostracized

It is evident that women’s equality is an issue in Montana. Just look at our State Legislature. In the 2015 session men dominated with a majority of 103 men to 47 women. And even though the Dems had the minority, they represented the majority of women. If this isn’t a wake up call of how women are unequally represented, I hope this story is.

I was sitting in my Comparative Politics class at Carroll College several weeks ago. We were discussing different types of commodes in a society when the professor asked the class to give an example of a “common-pool good” which are non-excludable, rivalrous goods such as fish or stocks. However, one classmate had a different opinion on what a common-pool good is. This young man genuinely thought that WOMEN fell into this category. At first I thought he was kidding, until he went on to explain to how women fell into this category of commodities. I was mortified. For the first time in my life I had been exposed to genuine misogyny. I felt attacked, and looking around the room I knew that other women felt the same way. The professor acknowledged that the student’s answer was blatantly incorrect, but did nothing to address the nature of how viewing women as property is wrong. There’s a difference between stating the wrong answer and being sexist, and that should be addressed to young men who express this mindset.

When are women going to reach equality and not be seen as property for men?

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About the author

Faith Scow

Faith is a student at Carroll College and member of the "Talking Saints" debate team. Well traveled, Faith spent last summer exploring many countries including Norway, France, Germany and Croatia. She believes that impactful policy is made at the local level and that young women are extremely under represented in politics.


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  • I guess long time till we see Zinke back in Montana, nice ‘stepping stone’ from Congress to living in the halls of power in DC himself…

  • Faith, for Women to be equally represented in Helena, more of them would have to run. It’s tougher for women to run than men in a lot of cases because once you have a family it’s a full-time job just being a Mom.

    From the sounds of it the kid in your class had a strange idea – he wasn’t a muslim was he – where they treat women like cattle?

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