tinnes at netshop.net
Fri Jan 19 22:41:31 EST 1996
I work in a male dominated field. Forestry....at 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 msvax.mssm.edu wrote:
>In article <4d6bmp$7j9 at gazette.bcm.tmc.edu>, Sarah L. Pallas <spallas at bcm.tmc.edu> 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 too...in 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 science...in both
>places females are listened to and actively encouraged to participate...in 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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