Recently, an accomplished and self-proclaimed “bossy woman” in security posted on her Facebook page a news item from media outlet InspireMore.com that immediately seized my attention. Its headline read, “‘You Are In Fact Unequal' Engineering Student's Letter to Woman Goes Viral.”

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I wondered if this piece was going to get me riled or was just clickbait. I, for one, had never heard of InspireMore.com. Apparently, it is a media outlet started in 2014 to disseminate uplifting stories from around the world. This piece was about Eastern Washington engineering student Jared Mauldin's “Letter to the Editor,” which he directed to “the women” in his engineering classes. He felt compelled to call out on this occasion how “unequal” he and his female classmates are. “I did not, for example, grow up in a world that discouraged me from focusing on hard science. Nor did I live in a society that told me not to get dirty, or said I was bossy for exhibiting leadership skills,” he wrote. And later on: “I have had no difficulty whatsoever with a boys club mentality, and I will not face added scrutiny or remarks of my being the ‘diversity hire.' When I experience success, the assumption of others will be that I earned it.”

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