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MIT Not the ‘Good Old Boys’ Club’

We were horrified to see the title of Christopher Rezek’s April 11 article “Looking for a Few Good Men” soliciting applications for more than 20 committees of the faculty and administration. Rezek stated in an e-mail after the article was printed that the title he submitted was “Looking for a Few Good Men and Women” but that it was cut by The Tech. It was certainly gratifying to hear from him that NomComm is also accepting applications from women.

We find it discouraging that The Tech thought it was appropriate to cut the title. This is an example of a way that women at MIT are made to feel left out, marginalized, and degraded. This is Y2K; MIT is no longer the “Good Old Boys’ Club.” It is a diverse and strong community of faculty, staff, and students. We also need diversity in our leadership and student representation.

We know there are many ‘good,’ bright, driven women here at MIT. We just hope such messages don’t prevent them from applying for positions of leadership and influence at MIT, or cause them to compromise their personal and professional goals.

Susan Dacy G and Sonny Miles ’02