Restricted Entry

Photo (c) Ronda Del Boccio

Restricted Entry

Words 101

“Sir if you could kindly help?” He bowed obsequiously.

“Yes?” The Dean removed his spectacles.

“Please admit my son into your medical college. He missed the cut off list by just a few marks.”

The Dean pulled a file. “More than twenty marks.”

“I can arrange government funding,” He bargained. “Unlimited.”

“But seats are limited.”

“I’m sure you can work it out.”

The Dean scanned the list of candidates. “So many girls. Why do they want to be doctors? Their place is at home.”

“Perhaps their marks could be shuffled?”

“Perhaps.” The Dean closed the file. “Kindly arrange fund transfer.”



Osoreirimasu: Thank you in Japanese when you want to acknowledge the trouble that someone has gone to for you. Inspired by this news article

Written for the Friday Fictioneers – a story in 100 words or less. Thank you Rochelle for hosting this challenge and Ronda Del Boccio for the photo prompt. To read the other stories inspired by this prompt please click here.

Thank you for reading and as always I look forward to your comments.









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67 thoughts on “Restricted Entry”

  1. Always (mostly always) a female loses out, at home, in school, in university, at the workplace. It happens in all societies all over the world.

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      1. Even I was shocked when I found out there was a lot of discrimination against women in the workplace in the UK. Up until the late 70s in education, girls were discouraged to take up science for further studies. Though it is better now but they will be lagging behind the males when they start working.

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  2. What a beautifully concise and effective story! You hammer both corruption and sexism in a single 100 word story – I’m impressed! I really like the way you’ve kept it simple and let the plot do all the work, using fluent and realistic dialogue. Kudos!

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    1. Apparently more often than one thought! I was deeply disappointed to read about this in the newspapers yesterday and that too in Japan which ranked very high on my list of awesome countries 😦 Thank you Sandra for reading.


  3. Dear Dahlia,

    This story shines a light in the darkest of corners. If women all belonged in the home our Creator wouldn’t gift them with anything but a womb and a desire to be housekeepers. Very well written story that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. BTW my doctor is a woman and so is my dentist. 😉



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  4. And sexism thrives, in spite of the strides that have been made. My doctor, one of the best I’ve had, is a woman about half my age. Smart, empathetic, sensible. And she never pats my head and tells me it will all be ok once I am married, have babies, hit menopause, or lose weight. I believe it takes a woman to understand another woman.

    Sorry. Soapbox.

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  5. A girl is always expendable … so says the men!!
    Each gnawing their way out of the restricted entry without any qualms… mutually made for each other!!

    Love the angle of this pic… but there is hope in this restricted entry… I see a light!!

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