Getting Heard

CloudWlkr tinnes at
Fri Jan 19 22:41:31 EST 1996

I work in a male dominated field. meetings the same
things happen to me.  I would love to know how to make my voice heard
loud and clear without sounding forceful.

jcoleman at wrote:

>In article <4d6bmp$7j9 at>, Sarah L. Pallas <spallas at> writes:
>>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?
>I have seen this happen once this case the speaker was male, the
>person who asked the question was male, the first person to answer the question
>was female, then another male answered the same thing...and he was
>acknowledged...however there was a fair amount of "but wait that's what she
>said" whispering going on in the group ( the group was 50/50 male female) This
>situation is not common at either of the two places I've done both
>places females are listened to and actively encouraged to this
>case I think the speaker was somewhat  biased and it was his choice to
>acknowledge answers from the group and he acknowledged the male. I too would
>like to know how to address this, if it should happen.


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