Wimminz in Academia

Year 1

What the heck is this, Hermitage? You may ask. This is where I'm re-displaying the awesome Q&A I hosted with this awesome panel of female academics:

Master of Instability: Gerty-Z
Bushwhacker of the Academic Jungle: GMP
Domestic and Laboratory Goddess: Dr. Isis
Ex-National lab badass turned Professor: Prodigal Academic
The Domina of Dorito Dust: Professor-In-Training

They answered 4 epic questions on what it was like to be a woman in academia, with the caveat that they could not concern children in any way. Because I'm ebil like that.

The questions were:

1. How do you command the attention, and respect, of men in academic settings (e.g. classroom, conferences, faculty meetings)?

2. How should women dealing with a two-body problem handle assumptions that their career is secondary to their partner’s?

3. What would you like to see from tenure-track and not-yet-tenure-track menfolk? How can they pitch in?

4. How do you deal with insinuations that you were only chosen for a position/award/etc because of affirmative action?

The panelists' fabulous posts are up here:
[Gerty-Z][Prodigal Academic][Isis the Scientist][Professor in Training][GeekMommyProf]

You can also navigate to their pages directly and look for the 'AcademicWomensansBabies' tag to find their answers. Enjoy my muffins!

Year 2

Muffins & Minions, your favorite D-List Monktress is SUPER EXCITED to display the results of her newest She-Woman Baby-hating carnival extravaganza! Muahahahhahaha, Oh, don't be silly, it just my Q&A where I don't allow baby-oriented questions. Babies justify their existence just by providing such fat little nommy baby feet, but the monktress likes to pretend her heart is made out  of the $1.2 million dollar ring on Kim Kardashian's finger.

So you all went and outdid yourselves by asking so many excellent questions that I felt even more power-trippy than usual when I selected the questions to be answered by my PANELS OF AWESOMESAUCE. In fact, I got so many that I decided to split my ladyprof panel in two, Solomon-style, so that I could get more questions answered! Don't say your Monktress never loved you.

Your monktress commands you to go forth and shower love and gratitude upon my participants because they were all totally fantastic for engaging in my shenanigans. I will be updating my links throughout the day as answers come up, all posts will be tagged AcademicsansBabies, just as before, so you can find them later. Flying Spaghetti Monster knows that's the only reason you'll be coming back to this blog years from now.

Panel 1

(Geek Mommy Prof, Professor in Training, Dr. Sneetch Q 1,3,4, Q2, KJHaxton, Micro Dr. O, *special bonus appearance by* NicoleandMaggie):

1. Are there any suggestions about how to look professorial as a young (and young looking and smallish) TT faculty?

2. For those of us who like things like pink, skirts, baking, sewing, knitting, heels, makeup, and other things girlie, how important is it to not do / wear / talk about these things lest we be seen as fluffy girls who can't do Science?

3. What can we do when other women deny there are problems being a woman in science?

4. It seems to me that often women don't have as strong professional networks as men - the kind that gets built over shared interests (sports or drinking). People seem to gravitate towards others like them. What specific advice do you have for establishing and maintaining network with men as well as other women?

 

Panel 2

(Female Science Professor, Kate Clancy, Arlenna of Chemical BioLOLogy, Prodigal Academic, Pascale Lane Q4):

1. It seems to me that often women don't have as strong professional networks as men - the kind that gets built over shared interests (sports or drinking). People seem to gravitate towards others like them. What specific advice do you have for establishing and maintaining network with men as well as other women?

2. Early on, what was your "Oh @!#$%" moment and how did you recover?

3. How do you deal with female health issues (heavy periods and period pain that lasts for a week, heavy migraines that strike suddenly, etc.), when you are in a predominantly male environment?

4. How do you balance "assertiveness" and "bitchiness" - in the sense that it's harder as a female (than a male) to "get away with" being protective of your time, stating your opinion, and so forth?

 

Postdoc Panel

(Nina of Kiwihorizons, Dr. Zeek, Canadian GirlPostdoc, *special bonus appearance by* Pika of Academic International) :

1. When you were looking for your post-doctoral position, how (if you knew) did you know that your PI would treat you fairly?

2. It seems to me that often women don't have as strong professional networks as men - the kind that gets built over shared interests (sports or drinking). People seem to gravitate towards others like them. What specific advice do you have for establishing and maintaining network with men as well as other women?

3. Early on, what was your "Oh Fuck" moment, how did you recover?

4. For those of us who like things like pink, skirts, baking, sewing, knitting, heels, makeup, and other things girlie, how important is it to not do / wear / talk about these things lest we be seen as fluffy girls who can't do Science?

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