The 2011-2012 OES school year has undoubtedly been the school year of female empowerment. From chapel sessions to gathering announcement, the equality of the sexes has been lamented and debated, with the new Student Leadership Proposal authored by the current Leadership Team having opened the floodgates, so to speak. It is undeniable that the proposal in its current form has garnered much controversy, with many students having reservations about the sweeping changes that the proposal could entail. I too am quite skeptical with how effective the proposal in its current form would be in addressing the ultimate problem of a distinct lack of female presidents over the past 25 years. I am of the belief that gender shouldn’t matter with regards to representation within politics, and that if both genders aren’t represented by their elected president evenly then the president has failed in his duty. Thankfully, thus far the policies made by student council haven’t hit one gender harder than the other. I don’t believe that mandating leadership experience is necessary, as I have faith that OES students are capable of determining effective leaders for themselves. The idea of gender quotas also doesn’t sit well with me, as it holds the possibility of excluding capable leaders of either gender. Overall, I feel that the proposal needs work, but I am thankful that students are allowed to truly offer feedback.