More than 4,600 workers are in the Pennsylvania State Police today after many of them presumably passed this fitness test. But the President Barack Obama lawsuit is demanding that the test must no longer be used because there might have been 45 additional women on the workforce if this test had not been implemented.
If 94 percent of men can pass the physical fitness test to be a state trooper, I would say the test is too easy. Suppose you needed the help of the state police, would you want your distress call to be answered by a man who was only as fit as 94 percent of his fellow men?
Surely the Pennsylvania State Police should be more selective than that, but they apparently decided to make the test even easier. Since 2009, an incredible 98 percent of men passed the test each year, but the women's pass rate edged up only from 71 percent to 72 percent, making the male-female gap slightly wider than before.
Therein lies the paradox of diversity: Making the test easier does not reduce the gap between groups. No one has yet devised a physical fitness test on which women as a group perform as well -- or even 80 percent as well -- as men. The only way to eliminate that gap is to eliminate testing altogether.
The administration official who initiated this lawsuit accusing Pennsylvania of discrimination, Jocelyn Samuels, has the title "Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights," which means she wields the awesome power of that office without having been confirmed by the Senate. An unconfirmed, perhaps nonconfirmable, bureaucrat should not be allowed to disrupt such an important state agency based on such a flimsy pretext and outrageous theory, but that's where we are in the waning days of the Obama administration.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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