Over the past week, unauthorized posters appeared in many UW campus buildings, covering the posters of females running in the current Feds election.
Entitled “The Truth,” the poster has a picture of Marie Curie with a nuclear bomb explosion, with the quotation, “The brightest Woman this Earth ever created was Marie Curie, The Mother of the Nuclear Bomb. You tell me if the plan of Women leading Men is still a good idea!”
While many of these posters have already been removed, their temporary appearance sparked outrage amongst students on campus this week. While some candidates and students have expressed dismay and disgust with the posters, others are taking it as an opportunity to express messages of a positive nature.
“I sincerely hope that other women will not be discouraged to exercise their leadership potential because of these comments,” said candidate for VP education Natalie Cockburn.
As current VP administration and finance, Sarah Cook expressed her feelings about the posters being displayed in buildings across campus.
“Obviously there is still gender inequality in 2011, and it's important for groups like the Women's Centre and the One Waterloo campaign to continue dialogue and education surrounding gender equity,” she said. “Aspiring female leaders should feel they are in an environment where their contributions are judged equally to that of their male counterparts, and that they are valued.”
According to Kristen Leal, candidate for science council, the act was ridiculous. “I’m offended by the whole thing,” she said. “I found one on one of my posters on Monday. It was not a good night.”