Boise State student raises over $100,000 in scholarships for women in STEM after professor says women don’t belong there

In the fall of 2021, a college professor gave a speech at the National Conference on Conservatism, rejecting feminism and suggesting that women should not take the place of men in competitive fields, as I have already reported.

  • “Every effort should be made not to recruit women into engineering, but rather to recruit and demand more men to become engineers. Same goes for med school, law, and all the trades,” said Scott Yenor, a political science professor at Boise State University.

These comments horrified Boise State student Ally Orr.

Yenor received applause, collected her notes and walked away from the podium. But the reaction to the speech created a domino effect: First, the video played viralthen protests triggered and a declaration of the Faculty Senate condemned Yenor’s comments as misogynistic, according to The Lily.

Orr, 22, also decided to take action and so started a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money for a scholarship.

  • “It needed to reach a larger scale, and I thought a scholarship was a perfect way to send the message that women belong here and that women want to be in these fields of study too,” said Orr, by KATU 2, ABC News.
  • “When I started, I was so nervous that we would only reach $2,000 and people would think it’s a dumb idea or that I don’t want to donate,” Orr said.
  • So far, she has managed to raise $130,000 for her Women in STEM Scholarship.
  • “Maybe I need to create a different scholarship that students from all over the United States can apply for, or maybe it needs to be turned into a nonprofit. So it’s definitely going to get bigger, but I don’t know exactly where the direction is going, but we’re not stopping,” Orr said.

You will find the link to make a donation here.

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