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    1. Thanks Ryan. I take it you have had similar experiences, then? Any others that you’d like to add to the list? No reason not to add more, if you (or anyone else) can think of more).

  1. Excellent list, Neal! There are also added nuances for female administrators in higher ed and for women in Christian higher ed. For example, if a woman considers the success of those around her to be part of her success in her job (perhaps a typical “mom” trait), not caring who gets the credit when something gets done, in higher ed this is more likely to lose her some respect. A woman who does not attempt to don a male persona might be more likely to be told she “lacks gravitas” in higher ed administration. While there are similarities, my anecdotal evidence would indicate that treatment for women in higher ed is somewhat surprisingly different from and behind the “secular business world.”

    1. Thanks Dawn. Yes, I agree that higher ed definitely rewards those who are willing to make sure that they receive credit for everything they do (and even some credit for stuff other people do). And sad to hear that higher ed is behind the business world on this. Would others agree with that statement?

      1. I can’t speak to the business realm, but I can speak to Christian higher ed, since I’m currently on staff at a Catholic and Jesuit university. Our unit is split almost evenly between men and women, and in general we function well. However, the women are all much more likely to do the office odd jobs (emptying the dishwasher, buying staff birthday cards, etc.) without being asked, likely from a team mentality, while the men seem to assume it’s someone else’s job unless directly assigned to them. I also work with senior faculty of both genders, and it’s quite apparent that things like #8 and #36 get treated differently when exhibited by different genders. Men who are aloof have gravitas, while women who are aloof are abrasive.

  2. Thank you for this list, Neal. It’s great to see these kinds of thoughtful considerations of gender bias and its effects come out of Dordt and the Andreas Center.
    I would add that, at least anecdotally, my male colleagues have reported never having had difficulty getting their students to call them “Dr” or “Professor” rather than “Mr,” and that should such a mix-up occur, they don’t fear losing students’ respect or good will toward them by correcting students.

  3. My reaction was dismay and concern when I read “we contacted several women whose experiences I have in mind here to ask them to write about this for us, but they all refused or were unable to do so, for a variety of reasons.”

    There can’t be a reason to refuse that’s not explained by the perception that #31, #32, and #33 on your list do not apply to women.

    1. Some combination of # 31, 32 and 33 was the reason given only for a few of the women we talked to; most of the reasons given were more innocuous (too busy at the beginning of the semester, other writing projects, etc.). And to be fair, I’ve talked with several people, male and female, over the last few days who disagreed with at least some of what I said in this piece, but who were afraid to state that publically (say, in these comments), for fear that they would be labeled ‘reactionary’ or ‘conservative’ and blackballed by their institutions, departments, or in their discipline more broadly. So the fear of being labeled and then blackballed seems alive on both sides of this issue.

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