March 24, 2023
Ithaca, NY | 38°F


Where female students lag: as SGA Prez

There may be more women holding leadership positions these days, but all across campuses across the nation, there’s one position lacking females — student government association president.

The Washington Post recently reported that although women are outpacing men in almost every area possible in college, there’s a gender gap in student politics.

The American Student Government Association estimates that 40 percent of student presidents nationwide are female, including those at community colleges. The share is believed to be lower at four-year colleges, though precise figures were unavailable. And even if you look right here at good ole IC, since I’ve been here, our last four SGA presidents have been males.

But I feel like this is something that starts before college. The presidents of my 8th and 12 grade classes were both males — with a female being their vice president.

So, what’s the deal?