(Video Credit: KTVB7)
Boise State political science professor Scott Yenor really stepped in it at the National Conservatism Conference on Oct. 31, claiming that men, not women should dominate the engineering, medical, and legal fields, drawing the ire of hundreds of protesters.
His remarks on women in the workplace were decried not only by students but other professors and local politicians as well who protested at the university on Dec. 4 regarding prioritizing men over women in professions and trades.
“Young men must be respectable and responsible to inspire young women to be secure with feminine goals of homemaking and having children. Every effort made must be made not to recruit women into engineering, but rather to recruit and demand more of men who become engineers,” Yenor declared. “Ditto for med school, and the law, and every trade.”
The comments brought a swift rebuke from BSU’s political science department who signed a letter on Dec. 5 stating that the professor’s remarks “directly contradict the experience of many of us, as well as what empirical research shows about women.”
#MeddlesomeWomen a thread. .@BoiseBrooke and .@Walton_Emily did something big with all of you! Thank you for coming out and supporting women at #BSU and in all of Idaho! #idpol pic.twitter.com/jFlWGPWnXw
— theidaho97 (@theidaho97) December 4, 2021
Just in: All of Scott Yenor’s active faculty colleagues signed this email from @BoiseState Political Science Dept.
— Blake Hunter (@blakehunterrr) December 5, 2021
Unsurprisingly, the protest garnered the attention of a number of local politicians, including Boise Mayor Lauren McLean and Idaho state Rep. Brooke Green. Both women were disgusted by Yenor’s remarks.
“Women are here to stay,” Green informed KTVB. “We’re not going to be private. We are going to be present in our daily lives.”
We have an incredible group of elected women working to protect our community AND thousands of women keeping us safe, healthy, educated, inspired and more. Thanks to each and every one of you who serves, cares, advocates, organizes and more. https://t.co/OFKUGpLMVw
— Lauren McLean (@laurenmclean) December 4, 2021
State Sen. Melissa Wintrow, who is a Democrat, expressed alarm over the professor’s comments and voiced concern that he might discriminate against female students.
“You start to wonder, what is the goal here? If it’s to set us back in time and disenfranchise women from as far as we’ve come, that’s a problem,” she remarked according to The Daily Beast.
Yenor’s speech was entitled, “The Family Form that Nations Need.” He argued that women are looking for fulfillment through “mid-level bureaucratic jobs” and that they are “more medicated, meddlesome and quarrelsome than they need to be.”
Our independent women are more medicated, meddlesome, and quarrelsome than women need to be. Without connections to eternity delivered through their family, such women gain their meaning through their seeming participation in the global project. https://t.co/fm97NdmeB1
— Scott Yenor (@scottyenor) November 24, 2021
He advocated for “preparing young women to become mothers, not finding every reason for young women to delay motherhood until they are established in a career or sufficiently independent.”
Later, the professor would seek to clarify his remarks. He asserted that he was referring to universities “making special efforts to recruit women into fields where they don’t seem to want to be” and denied wanting to prevent women from entering fields such as engineering, medicine, and law. However, his initial comments seemed to indicate otherwise.
So when I argue to stop making special efforts to recruit women into fields where they don’t seem to want to be, I am accused of keeping women out of these professions–and (insanely) wanting to deny them an education altogether.
— Scott Yenor (@scottyenor) December 3, 2021
“Boise State University understands that the open exchange of ideas, which is fundamental to education, can introduce uncomfortable and even offensive ideas,” BSU said in a statement given to CNN. “However, the university cannot infringe upon the First Amendment rights of anyone in our community, regardless of whether we, as individual leaders, agree or disagree with the message. No single faculty member defines what Boise State — or any public university — endorses or stands for.”
The professor is a member of the Claremont Institute’s Center for the American Way of Life. The conservative think tank seeks to form a “new Right” and “restore the principles of the American Founding to their rightful, preeminent authority in our national life.”
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