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girls & education

Tue Jan 19 22:50:30 EST 1993

Re: who gets acknowledged for ideas in meetings.  Sorry to disillusion you
but it doesn't get any better.  I recall a friend of mine noting that -- in
faculty business meetings -- she would make a (to my mind) sensible point and
no one would hear it. Then some little while later a male, senior colleague
would make the same point and.....  I had a conversation with another colleague
recently -- female -- at a high administrative level in my university. She
said that she had been "saying something for quite a while, but no one
picked up on it until recently." I said -- "was the person who reintroduced
it male?  Gotcha!!!!  Maybe we need to go to the "how to survive in
organizations" literature to find the solutions -- how to avoid getting your
ideas co-opted, etc. Also -- maybe we need to figure out why we are not being
heard.  Maybe it's not "gender prejudice" but gendercultural language
differences -- a la that neat book on miscommunication between men & women.

Kate McCain

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