The knives are out.
A few years ago an acquaintance of mine relayed a rather interesting conversation with a partner in a Shortland Street law firm who was rather incredulous that the majority of the top graduates from law school were *gasp* women. My acquaintance wondered what the big deal, was but the partner of the law firm seemed to think it was the end of the legal establishment as we know it.
So now that there are far too many women graduating university, it was only a matter of time before the small number (both in number and financial value) of scholarships available to women were put on the chopping block by a male hand. Just for fun, I looked on the University of Auckland scholarships website and found a grand total of 8 scholarships specifically for women of which seven are the result of bequests, hardly a huge number.
Of course the scholarships themselves aren't usually the result of state-sponsorship but rather are the result of the private generosity of organisations or individuals that have decided that they want to financially encourage students to pursue certain fields of study or make it financially easier for certain members of society to study at university like Christians, Koreans and that the most oppressed member of academia, former Grammar Boys. I don't know about Christians, but there are plenty of Koreans and Grammar boys running around most university campuses these days but there isn't a huge outcry about scholarships available to these groups.
I only wish that rather than trying to destroy the few scholarships open to women, that the energy would go into looking at the reasons why boys aren't enrolling in tertiary education. Perhaps someone should set up a scholarship?