are you the secretary?
quinones at mindspring.com
Sun Feb 25 21:42:11 EST 1996
In message <3130A50D.758B at qm.salk.edu> - SL Forsburg <susan_forsburg at qm.salk.ed
:>Bharathi Jagadeesh wrote:
:>> I don't get really upset about this, but it is annoying. One of
:>> the things that I find most annoying about it is that I really
:>> don't want to be snobby -- I think that there are technicians,
:>> animal care personnel, and summer students who all do excellent
:>> jobs, and I don't want to put them down. But, on the other hand,
:>> I do wanted to be given the same status as my white male colleagues.
:>I agree with this; I don't want to put down my secretary, who
:>is very good at her job and makes my life much easier! but
:>I AM annoyed that after all this time, these assumptions (that
:>young woman can't be professor/PI/in charge) still exist.
:>What I find most depressing is that they exist among the students,
:>even the women. Arent they supposed to be young enough to escape
You could impress those young minds by pointing out the obvious, by saying
"so, how come you aren't guessing that I'm Dr. So-and-so? It wouldn't be
because I am a [young] female, would it, nah, you couldn't be so
narrow-minded!" Then, as they stand there wishing the ground would open up
and swallow them, you flash a genuine smile (so they know you aren't going
to bite their head off) and say "I AM Dr. So-and-so, how can I help you?"
A little embarassment can go a long way :)
Cathy Quinones quinones at mindspring.com
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