Magazine News Opinions Volume 69, Issue 6

Is Masculinity associated with Leadership?

by Mateo Requejo-Tejada

At Las Lomas we have several student leaders, both male and female, that represent each grade and the school as a whole. It is the job of these students to carry out school wide events, whether that’s by planning dances/activities, decorating, raising money, or helping represent clubs at school. As the Advisor to leadership, Ms. Miranda is tasked with approving all the events, interactive activities, and setting calendar dates for said events and activities and attending all leadership events. According to Ms. Miranda, 60 out of the 87 leadership positions on campus are held by women. 

These positions look like ASB President, ASB treasurer, President for each grade, vice president for each grade, secretary for each grade, and treasurer for each grade. Women at school hold all these positions, except for Junior president, Junior secretary, and Freshman treasurer, and all the vice president positions except Senior VP. requirements for taking on leadership roles on campus is not a simple task. “For All ASB and Senior class presidents, you have to have one year of experience to run and for all elected positions, ASB and Class Officers, there is an application including teacher signatures, 1 teacher recommendation, 100 peer signatures, video and speech.” says Ms. Miranda. One of these campus leaders is Melina Rafferty. Rafferty is currently the sophomore class treasurer along with other class officers she works to set up events. Rafferty has always had leadership qualities herself, and says that masculinity has no direct correlation to being a leader. “Masculinity is the definition of being a man, but that’s so unclear, and it’s more powerful thinking that [makes you a good leader] not masculinity.” Outside of Las Lomas Rafferty attends different social action events and gatherings as a leader in the community. Rafferty says she often tries to work on her public speaking and she speaks at some of the social action events. As well as taking action in her community, Rafferty is a part of speech and debate. Whether or not her male counterparts are taken more seriously, Rafferty said, “ yeah, especially in speech and debate I get notes on my clothes and I see the notes about the guys and they’re not about their clothing.” These notes can look like “I like your outfit; extra 2 points, or your skirt was too short” says Rafferty. A majority of our leadership officers at Las Lomas are women, and several of them continue to be involved on and off campus with setting an example of what a leader looks like; And what a leader is is someone who can show patience, courage in the face of adversity, someone who can work with others, and someone who is well integrated into the community just as so many of the women on campus are.