Because affirmative action guarantees equal opportunities for all. The argument of strictly men vs. women fails to take into account PoC, PWD, and any other number of factors. Affirmative action isn’t binary.
Let’s be clear, this is about…
The reason is more women are now going to college, and they’re not taking spots from men. College attendance is up in general, and the numbers are rising.
It’s not that women are being given preferential treatment, it’s that women are coming to college in larger numbers, while men are (statistically) tending to go for jobs that don’t require a degree but have a higher pay rate. Women aren’t taking men’s spots. We’re just coming in droves to college.
Then why do feminist organizations still support affirmative action in universities regarding women when it’s clearly unnecessary?
It’s not, though. It’s necessary to make sure that women do indeed have a fair chance at getting into college. A woman who wants to go to a trade or tech school may be turned away simply because she’s a woman. In fields where it’s largely dominated by males, women could be turned away simply because it’s not believed a woman belongs in those universities. The reason women are going to college is because they know they have their fair shake.
Plus, you’re discounting race and ability. WoC are discriminated against far more than white women, simply because of their ethnicity. This rise in numbers isn’t just one factor, as I said before. It’s taking into account WoC, women with disabilities, women who otherwise would have no chance. It guarantees that no matter the situation of the woman, she’s got an equal chance at an education, no matter her ethnicity, ability, etc. You need to take all the factors into account.
Take away affirmative action, you run the risk of colleges turning into boys clubs again.