Women as leaders
Bob McGwier (n4hy@CCR-P.IDA.ORG)
Wed, 29 Mar 1995 12:22:46 -0500
>Perhaps GSA is just slower to come to terms with this problem. I would hope
GSUSA is dealing from a different deck. It "owns" most of its units, rather
than grants a charter to another organization. Thus it eats most of the
liability in the case of serious problems. The statistics in the areas of
molestation and abuse don't lie as so many statistics can. Most molesters
and abusers are male. Some statistics that COULD be lying, but seem to
be okay, are those found in studies that show that Girls learn leadership
skills, assertiveness, and technical skills much better in an all female
setting in the US could also have some effect on the GSUSA program. We can
argue about how these things were measured, and how other influences were
dealt with in the statistical analysis, but the gist of the study seems OK.
After all, it is suppose to be leadership training. I haven't had any major
problem in this area in my Explorer post so far. The officers are coed just
like the unit and the young women definitely speak up for themselves. I had
a 13 year who insisted she wanted to be President and was heart broken
twice. First, when I told her that she couldn't be a member much less an
officer until she was fourteen (later this year) but secondly when I told
her we had chosen to attempt to go Sea Base rather than Philmont in 1996 ;-).
I work very hard at not duplicating the environment found in the studies. I
"listen" attentively with my ears and eyes. When I think someone has an
opinion that they would share if prodded, I prod. I encourage open discussion
and so far it has been very lively ;-).
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