“lawsuit claims the groups deny “economic opportunities” to female and non-binary students”
What happens if Yale adopts a single-sex policy like Harvard has? It’s not working out too well for many young women at Harvard.
Campus Reform reports:
Yale sued by girls who want to be let into fraternities
Three female students are suing Yale University and nine of its fraternities for failing “to honor” an “environment free of discrimination” and sexual misconduct.
Yale students Anna McNeil, Eliana Singer, and Ry Walker allege in the lawsuit that they were groped at fraternity parties as freshmen and that the fraternities unfairly dominate the campus social environment, The New York Times reported. All three are now suing to be allowed to join the all-male organizations.
In addition to criticizing Yale fraternity culture on the grounds of sexual misconduct and drinking, the lawsuit claims the groups deny “economic opportunities” to female and non-binary students. The girls allege that fraternity students have access to vast alumni networks and “coveted job offers” that are unavailable to other students on campus. Additionally, they note that sororities do not bridge this gap because they were founded later and lack relative access to influence and power.
This is not the first attempt the plaintiffs have made to challenge fraternities. In 2016, McNeil and Walker created a group on campus called “Engender,” which worked to integrate Yale’s Greek organizations. In 2017, the group, which included McNeil and Walker, attempted to rush the fraternities and were denied.
By 2018, the girls, now joined by Singer, again tried to join the fraternities.
The lawsuit also takes aim at Yale University’s “hands off” approach when it comes to dealing with fraternities, claiming that the school is in violation of Title IX and the Fair Housing Act for providing male-only membership and housing.
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