Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Strategically Senseless

The supply chain is breaking down.

Inflation is surging.

The border is in chaos and immigration enforcement is nonexistent.

Energy prices are soaring.

The burden of federal budget deficits grows by the day.

China is building nuclear-capable hypersonic missiles and launching satellites that may be capable of grabbing and crushing U.S. satellites.

There are so many challenges facing the United States today where smart strategies are necessary to address the problems that grow more serious by the day.

What have Joe Biden and Kamala Harris been working on?

Despite all of the problems we are facing right now they have chosen to spend their time and attention on developing a National Gender Strategy.

Isn't that great to know?

What is the strategy supposed to address?

This strategy addresses barriers faced by those who belong to underserved and historically marginalized communities that have long been denied full opportunity: women and girls of color, LGBTQI+ people, people with disabilities, and all of those whose lives are affected by persistent poverty and inequality.

Ensuring that all people have the opportunity to live up to their full potential, regardless of gender identity or other factors, is not only a moral imperative. It is a strategic imperativea continuation of our national journey toward justice, opportunity, and equality set forth in our creationthat will advance prosperity, stability, and security at home and abroad in the years to come.

These are examples of those who are among those the gender strategy is focused on.

The woman migrating with her children to flee gender-based persecution and seek a safer life.

The transgender athlete who dreams of the chance to compete free from discrimination.

However, didn't Biden and Harris just subject millions of Afghan women to a lifetime of gender-based persecution at the hands of the Taliban due to their ill-conceived strategic withdrawal from that country?

In addition, how does allowing a biological male to compete in an athletic competition with women advance gender equity for females?

When speaking about opportunity, Biden and Harris also seem oblivious to the fact that women are now the ones with the "opportunity" advantage in the United States.

Women make up a record 60% of the students in college today according to a recent article by The Wall Street Journal.

It is projected that if the trend continues two women will earn a college degree for every man in the next few years.

Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/college-university-fall-higher-education-men-women-enrollment-admissions-back-to-school-11630948233

This education gap, which holds at both two- and four-year colleges, has been slowly widening for 40 years. The divergence increases at graduation: After six years of college, 65% of women in the U.S. who started a four-year university in 2012 received diplomas by 2018 compared with 59% of men during the same period, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

In the next few years, two women will earn a college degree for every man, if the trend continues, said Douglas Shapiro, executive director of the research center at the National Student Clearinghouse.

No reversal is in sight. Women increased their lead over men in college applications for the 2021-22 school year—3,805,978 to 2,815,810—by nearly a percentage point compared with the previous academic year, according to Common Application, a nonprofit that transmits applications to more than 900 schools. Women make up 49% of the college-age population in the U.S., according to the Census Bureau.

A recent op-ed in The Week reveals what should be self-evident to anyone paying attention to these trends over the last decade or so.

The burgeoning gender gap is an open secret in higher education. With none of the fanfare that accompanies their pursuit of racial diversity, many institutions give an admissions advantage to men. One reason is that administrators fear women are also less likely to enroll when the male student population drops below 40 percent.

Women's success in admissions isn't only a dilemma for colleges trying to balance their books. Because elite institutions hire almost exclusively college graduates, campuses are the point of departure for female dominance of publishing, the culture industry, and areas of the corporate world — particularly the massive human resources industry. 

Skeptics might observe that the upper tiers of these fields remain dominated by men. That's right, but largely a generation effect. Today's non-profit trustees, tenured professors, and executive editors began their careers decades ago, when college student bodies were more equally divided (and in some cases, exclusively male). It would be surprising if the gender ratio in upper management remained the same in another 20 years. 

We are not just talking about undergraduate degrees.

Women now make up the majority of medical students.

Women make up the majority of law students.

Females have made up more than 50% of dental school graduates since 2019.

Women also already hold about 75% of all of the Human Resources managerial positions in the United States.

Are we to believe that these women in HR, who are setting the compensation structures, pay scales and advising others on hiring pay, annual increases and promotional increases, are discriminating against other women?

At one point in my career, I had specific responsibility for Benefits and Compensation for a Fortune 500 corporation. The vast majority or people I worked with in this role were women. I can also tell you that not once did gender ever enter into any compensation decision that I was a part of. Not once was there any thought that if a woman was in a job that she would be paid less than a man.

As is the case with so many issues, the private sector and normal market forces are taking care of a problem that needed to be solved. More can always be done but what has already occurred in the last several decades is pretty remarkable when balanced against the previous 200 years of our history.

As is also the case, the federal government is arriving with a "strategy" that is already well on its way to being fixed.

However, what kind of opportunities are there going to be available to anyone if we lack a reliable supply chain, affordable and accessible energy, open borders, hyperinflation and federal debt requirements that crowed out all private capital?

Why do we always have leaders trying to solve yesterday's problems? 

Why aren't we focusing on the truly BIG problems that affect EVERYONE?

How many years will it be before someone realizes that it is just as harmful to have men underrepresented in college and in positions of power as it is for women?

It is interesting that the National Gender Strategy does not discuss any strategies for one gender that represents half of the American population.

The facts suggest that gender equity may take on a whole new meaning within a decade or so based on current trends.

Is the National Gender Strategy considering this?

In the section of the national strategy on "Ensure Equal Opportunity and Equity in Education" it is stated that women represent the majority of college students. However, there is not one word about doing anything to encourage and better equip men for college.

What is mentioned as an important priority?

In the United States, girls—particularly girls of color, girls who are English Learners, girls with disabilities, and LGBTQI+ youth—face unique challenges in school. For example, Black girls experience disproportionate rates of school discipline—often for discriminatory dress-code and hair violations—and criminalization. Black girls and other girls of color, girls with disabilities, and LGBTQI+ youth are overrepresented in school-based arrests that foster a school-to-prison pipeline, among other harmful outcomes.

The National Gender Strategy is concerned about a school-to-prison pipeline for women?

Have they looked at the gender breakdown from the Federal Bureau of Prisons of those incarcerated in federal prisons at the current time?

Source: https://www.bop.gov/about/statistics/statistics_inmate_gender.jsp

The National Gender Strategy also seems to be more concerned about females in other countries than males in our country.

Globally, over 132 million girls are out of school, and a persistent gender gap in secondary education leaves girls without basic literacy and numeracy skills, at risk of child, early, and forced marriage, and with limited economic opportunities.

Meanwhile, as stated above, who was recently responsible for a number of those girls being denied access to school?

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/17/taliban-ban-girls-from-secondary-education-in-afghanistan


The Taliban have effectively banned girls from secondary education in Afghanistan, by ordering high schools to re-open only for boys.

The edict makes Afghanistan the only country on earth to bar half its population from getting a secondary education. 

Isn't it comforting to have such great STRATEGIC thinkers in charge? 

Strategically senseless? That is being charitable right now.           

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