Fighting with the Sky

Do We Still Need Women's Clubs?

Posted on: June 25, 2009

To me, this question is just about the same as: do we still need feminism? The answer is yes. The other day, Veronica Arreola of Viva la Feminista wrote an op-ed for NPR, “Girls Just Wanna Have…Networking?“. This op-ed is about U.S. Supreme Court justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s decision to leave the women’s networking club, Belizean Grove.

Republican senators were disconcerted by Sotomayor’s membership in this club which influenced her decision to leave. But what about this thing called the “old boys club.” The old boys club has been around for as long as anyone can remember helping white men climb even higher on the social totempole. The old boys club is still around, so why can’t there be women’s clubs?

For centuries, the old boys’ club supported men in powerful positions and made it difficult for women to rise up through the ranks. Now that some of those top spots are opening up to women, too, all-female clubs are providing women with valuable networks and training in networking — things the old boys’ club provided men for centuries, and still provide. Lest we forget, men’s clubs are not a thing of the past.

Obviously, there is still discrimination against women getting to higher offices. Only one example of this discrimination is the aversion to women’s club while the old boys club sitll remains intact.

Arreola hopes that,

women’s clubs will die out because men’s clubs have died out, too. I hope both are replaced with professional clubs, plain and simple. But right now, we need women’s clubs to support women professionals and help right the gender discrimination of the past.

I whole-heartedly agree with Arreola. We need women’s clubs just like we need feminism. Working towards the end of gender discrimination is an ongoing process that needs to be worked against in all aspects of life.


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