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    Monday, January 30, 2006

    Not Even with the Pink Weights?


    In my junior high school, both shop and home ec were required for everyone, regardless of gender, but my parents always reminded me that boys took shop and girls home ec when they were teenagers. This story must remind them of the bad old days:

    A female star athlete at a Tennessee high school has been allowed to return to a weightlifting class, after being pulled from the class because she was the only girl. School officials said their decision to remove the student, Ambrea Phillips, from the class was based on a “safety issue.” “If it were my daughter, I wouldn't want her in a class of 50 boys,” principal Bob McCracken told reporters, according to GenderPAC, a DC group that works to end gender-based violence and discrimination. Instead, the student, senior Ambrea Phillips, was given a job in the school office.

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