Time for Schools to Retire the Word Freshman
As colleges and universities have been welcoming new students over the past few weeks, some have also been adopting the welcome practice of dropping the term freshman.
It’s increasingly viewed as a sexist term that implies young men are the norm among those beginning the college trajectory. And freshmen are not only 18 years old anymore.
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Japanese officials have been talking sporadically about doing something to improve women’s social status for years. Last year, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wrote in the Wall Street Journal that he wanted to boost women’s participation in the work force to 73 percent by 2020 and close a wage gap that keeps women earning, on average, 30 percent less.
This sexist heckling incident has spotlighted male authorities’ dismissive attitude towards women and the unmet work-life balance needs of many working women.