Barriers to entry for girls who want to explore STEM and pressures for women to leave STEM both prevent gender equality in quantitative fields.
While the new recommendation rightfully adopts harsh measures against exclusionary practices of final clubs, it fails to recognize that USGSOs differ greatly in the form or degree of exclusion they exercise.
Harvard must find meaningful policy measures that support and empower women, rather than looking to promote a trendy, headline-grabbing ban on USGSOs that does little for the people it purports to help.
HPR writers weigh in on the Harvard USGSO committee’s new recommendations on final clubs and other private, exclusive social groups.
Instead of punishing any private exclusionary group, Harvard should pass nuanced, narrowly-tailored statutes to limit the final clubs’ excessive market power and encourage genuinely free competition in Harvard’s social marketplace.
Banning final clubs is a good start, but it does not go far enough.
By humanizing foreign traditions, cross-cultural initiatives enable us to celebrate multiculturalism and avoid the missteps of cultural ignorance.