Getting Heard

Sarah L. Pallas spallas at
Fri Jan 12 14:10:17 EST 1996

Something happened to me the other day which happens often enough that
I'd like some feedback.  I am a tenure-track faculty member and the only
female faculty member of my department.  In a journal club format the
other day, one of the other faculty asked a question of the group.  I
answered the question, being careful to speak loudly and forcefully so as
to be heard.  I was completely ignored.  Immediately, one of the male
faculty exactly repeated what I said, but HE was acknowledged as having
answered the question.  This reminds me of one of my favorite cartoons
where a board meeting is taking place, and one woman plus lots of men are
sitting around the table discussing business.  The woman offers a
suggestion, and the chairman of the board says "That's a great idea, Ms.
Brown, would one of the men care to suggest it?"

So the questions are :
1)  How does one get HEARD in male groups?
2)  How does one respond when one is blatantly ignored for what may be
sexist reasons?  Even if it may be unintentional?


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