Does Sexism In The Professional World Have a “Silver Lining?’ Justice Scalia Thinks So

April 9, 2013  |  

Sexism has a bright side? Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia seems to think so.  He recently wrote an essay for New York magazine in which he not only talks about growing up in New York City but makes an odd—and offensive—remark about sexism. He says, reports Jezebel:

“It is amazing how many of the names of the kids in this class I remember. The teacher standing in the back-that was a lady named Consuela Goins, and she was a wonderful teacher. Every cloud has a silver lining, and one of the benefits of the exclusion of women from most professions was that we had wonderful teachers, especially the women who today would probably be CEOs.”

Okay, so we should be happy that women are left out of the corporate boardroom so they can make great teachers instead. It would seem that women—or men, for that matter—who strive for a career in education would be ideal. And a woman who wants to be a CEO of a major company would no doubt excel as well—if given the chance.

Ironically, his mother, Catherine Scalia (née Panaro), was as an elementary school teacher. We wonder if she dreamed of being in some other professional and— as Scalia ruminates about female teachers in his essay–settled for teaching.

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