[YOUR PORTRAYAL OF HISTORY IS NOT ADEQUATE HERE. ACU JUST LOST A FEMALE VICE PRESIDENT. WE’VE HAD MULTIPLE FEMALE DEANS OF COLLEGES. WE’VE HAD FEMALE BIBLE PROFESSORS (ALMOST UNHEARD OF IN CHURCH OF CHRIST UNIVERSITIES). ACU HAS ALSO INVITED FEMALE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS TO SUMMIT. MY POINT IS NOT THAT THE SCHOOL DESERVES MORE CREDIT, BUT THAT YOU CAN’T TALK ABOUT THIS TOPIC WITHOUT A FAIRER PORTRAYAL OF THE PAST AND PRESENT. THAT PORTRAYAL PROBABLY NEEDS TO INCLUDE ALUMNAE EXAMPLES SUCH AS THE MULTIMILLIONAIRE DONOR AND THE U.S. CONGRESSWOMAN. YOUR LACK OF FACTS MAKES YOUR ACCUSATIONS AT THE END QUITE UNFAIR. BETTER RESEARCH THIS FOR REAL.]
****CHANGED MY TOPIC TO BE WOMEN IN HIGH POSITIONS ON CAMPUS, IN GENERAL. NO LONGER WHAT IF ON FEMALE ACU PRESIDENT****
Women around the globe have been pushing the boundaries for equal liberty, pay and office. For the past two [PRESIDENTIAL] election seasons, we have had women rise to the occasion and run harder, faster and stronger than most candidates in their designated party. There guts of bravery do not begin and end when the ballot is closed rather they continue their lives as women of authority and grace within their homes, states and families.
Maybe they attended Abilene Christian during their undergrad in search for the ACU mission – to educate students to become leaders throughout the world. Maybe these women were inspired by these words engraved on the walls as a motivation to do something with their lives than just nurse a child, help the lame or teach a class. Maybe they heard a message saying “Women can do it, too”.
But, more than likely they did not since ACU does not seem to be a big fan of women, especially in executive positions. That’s right.
Yes, there have been women in positions of power on campus. Women like Susan Lewis, Vice Provost for ACU, who have tested the boundaries of ACU’s patriarchal tradition and Church Of Christ beliefs.
[Quote of Lewis and Ideas]
Although ACU is not the Church Of Christ by any means, it was founded on Church of Christ traditions and beliefs, which explains our A cappella songs, conservative topics and, in this case, lack of women in higher executive roles. It seems like ACU has blurred the lines between church, state and reality.
ACU needs to wake up. This is not the 1800’s where women are “offered” or “suggested” to work in more feminine jobs and leave the stronger, stressful and tiring jobs to the men. Women and men can teach. Women and men can help the sick. Women and men can be stay-at-home parents. Women and men can serve as campus presidents.
It seems like the mission of ACU is changing more and more . Maybe it should be reads: The mission of ACU is to educate male students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.
As much as women are pushing themselves to reach higher positions, ACU should push for allowing women to reach those positions. Unless there is an unspoken ideology behind the fact that women cannot do what men can do in the workplace, then speak now or forever hold your peace.