After the revelation that every candidate running as president this year is white, and only one out of nine is a woman, Vision decided to look at the stats over the last five years of who went for President.
It has been revealed that there have been more joke candidates running for YUSU President than women or BME students, and that therefore the vast majority of candidates have been white males. The data was taken from the 2010-2014 elections.
Saskia Papadakis, YUSU Women’s Officer commented; “It is disappointing that women continue to be under-represented in YUSU presidential candidates, especially since 55% of students at the university are women.
The lack of female candidates says a lot about the enduring culture of misogyny at York, and I would suggest the university and the students’ union think about what they can do to encourage women to take on positions of leadership.”
Read the YUSU Women’s Officer comment HERE