The difference between men and women in academia
30 September 2013
… is that the men don’t answer their @#$%ing email. I’m on a committee with 3 women and 3 men, and here’s how we make decisions:
A woman makes a suggestion via email that we discuss an important policy change.
The other two women respond within an hour or two, batting the proposal about, offering thoughtful ideas or tweaks, each time asking for input from the entire committee.
Four days later, not a single man on the committee has responded at all, even as time is ticking by for said policy changes to be effected. (This is not an age issue; two of the men are young, untenured guys.)
The women suggest we put the issue to a vote of the whole department.
So no wonder my attitude by the end of the day is: