We’re going to be seeing a lot more of this:
A Dutch engineering university is taking radical action to increase its share of female academics by opening job vacancies to women only.
Starting on 1 July, the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) in the Netherlands will not allow men to apply for permanent academic jobs for the first 6 months of the recruitment process under a new fellowship program.
Thus implying that women are only able to secure employment if men are excluded. Hurrah for female empowerment!
“We have been talking about [gender balance] for ages,” says TUE President Robert-Jan Smits. “All kinds of soft measures are taken and lip service is paid to it.
So why have you not resigned and handed your post to a woman? I’ve written about such people before:
At every step of their career they would have sandbagged and outmaneuvered anyone who represented competition, be they white, brown, yellow, male, or female. When they were middle managers somewhere eyeing their next promotion they weren’t harping on about the need for greater representation or increased diversity. No, they were promoting themselves. But now the top job is securely under their belt and retirement on the horizon, they want other people to sacrifice their career ambitions on the altar of diversity politics.
Back to the article:
Currently, 29% of TUE’s assistant professors are women; at the associate and full professor level, about 15% are women. With this program, TUE wants to reach 50% of women for assistant and associate professors, and 35% for full professors.
Is this a result of discrimination of the free choice of women? If both, what difference is down to discrimination alone? They don’t care of course, and are instead pushing for equality of outcome. As Jordan Peterson is fond of saying, this will not lead to a happy place.
The plan was announced today and is already attracting controversy. “People say it’s illegal; they say we will lower standards. That’s a load of baloney,” Smits says. Some critics say the program discriminates against men. “Yes, absolutely,” Smits says. “For years, men have been discriminating against women, and women haven’t been paid the same as men for the same jobs.”
So the way to atone for Smits’ generation discriminating against women is to start discriminating against the current generation of men? This is an idea so stupid it could only come from an academic.
Dutch and EU laws allow policies to recruit underrepresented groups, TUE says.
Of course they do: they are the result of special interests lobbying for greater power and privileges, and have nothing to do with equality.
[Biologist Isabelle Vernos] worries TUE’s program could place a burden on female recruits, who may face suspicion about their abilities and anger about the process.
Well, yes. Any woman who could have got the job in a fair competition against male applicants will be dismissed as a token diversity hire. This is why any competent, self-respecting female academic should avoid this institution like the plague.
The program is named after Irène Joliot-Curie, the daughter of Marie Skłodowska-Curie, who received a joint Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935.
I feel irony is somewhat wasted on the administrators at TUE.