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RE: ‘A huge loss for the town’: For first time in two decades, no women are on Brookline’s Select Board

May 24, 2024
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Reading the expressions of concern about an all-male Select Board makes me wonder, where was Brookline.News before the election, when the information would be useful to readers? A reason an all-male board is a problem is its propensity toward failure to notice or correct sexism. For example, in this article the chair of the Select Board responds to the freeze-out by referencing the need for women candidates with better qualifications that would allow an ideal woman to win. He has the luxury of forgetting that one of the women candidates had *more leadership experiences across a broader set of roles in Brookline* than the chair himself had when he joined the Select Board, or than the last few candidates elected to the Select Board brought. This is how sexism (and the well-documented propensity to discount Asian Americans for leadership positions) works. It’s almost poetry: without any women on the board to notice the downgrading and invisibility of Susan Park’s leadership experiences, selectmen can skip the introspection and skip over condemning the individual leaders and group leaders who deliberated and knowingly chose this result and then worked for it. This was no oopsie, it was intersectional sexism.

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