Diversity Means Men A response to the complaint about ASHA’s mention of a Gay and Lesbian tour states: “…ASHA has a laudable history of inclusiveness for its 135,000 members…This diversity is a part of who we are as an association. The ‘Gay & Lesbian Chicago’ tour was…an attempt to be inclusive to interested ... Inbox
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Diversity Means Men
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  • Ken Mylott, Deerfield Beach, Fla., jamrk2001@hotmail.com, Editor’s note: ASHA has addressed—and continues to address—the recruitment of men since the early 1980s. Unfortunately, efforts have not been successful in creating a significant and sustained increase in the percentage of men entering the professions. Gender inequity also exists in other professions such as early childhood education and nursing. Research shows such inequities cannot be solved by professional associations alone but require societal changes.
    Ken Mylott, Deerfield Beach, Fla., jamrk2001@hotmail.com, Editor’s note: ASHA has addressed—and continues to address—the recruitment of men since the early 1980s. Unfortunately, efforts have not been successful in creating a significant and sustained increase in the percentage of men entering the professions. Gender inequity also exists in other professions such as early childhood education and nursing. Research shows such inequities cannot be solved by professional associations alone but require societal changes.×
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Diversity Means Men
The ASHA Leader, January 2009, Vol. 14, 46. doi:10.1044/leader.IN4.14012009.46
The ASHA Leader, January 2009, Vol. 14, 46. doi:10.1044/leader.IN4.14012009.46
A response to the complaint about ASHA’s mention of a Gay and Lesbian tour states:
“…ASHA has a laudable history of inclusiveness for its 135,000 members…This diversity is a part of who we are as an association. The ‘Gay & Lesbian Chicago’ tour was…an attempt to be inclusive to interested ASHA members, as is completely appropriate.”
ASHA has always had a miserable, not laudable, history of promoting inclusiveness and diversity. ASHA has shown zero interest in promoting gender balance in its organization. ASHA membership is almost overwhelmingly female and there have been no serious attempts to use the vast resources of ASHA to recruit more men. ASHA bends over backwards, upside down, and does triple backflips to promote inclusiveness of every group except men. ASHA for diversity? Ha!
The day when I walk into an ASHA-associated meeting and see an even male-to-female ratio (rather than being, as is the usual case, one of the few males in attendance) is the day I will start taking all of ASHA’s hand-wringing and sanctimonious talk about diversity and inclusiveness seriously.
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