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Women faculty have been disproportionately impacted by COVID

… because women are more often caregivers. Employers interested in retaining smart women–who bring much-needed diverse thinking to a variety of workplaces, not just academia–had better be thinking yesterday about how to retain them.

“I hope the administration realizes that anything they do now to alleviate this issue for caregivers will directly impact how the professoriate will look five to 10 years from now — how diverse it will be, and how many women will be in positions of power within academia,” Dr. Escallón said.

Read the full article from the New York Times


This, including its linked resources, is one of the most important and useful things I’ve seen recently. Bookmark it now!

Bibliography of Works by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in Technical and Professional Communication


“Across the world, women’s independence will be a silent victim of the pandemic … “

An oldie at this point, but a goodie as we’ve begun to see how things unfold.

“For those with caring responsibilities, an infectious-disease outbreak is unlikely to give them time to write King Lear or develop a theory of optics. A pandemic magnifies all existing inequalities (even as politicians insist this is not the time to talk about anything other than the immediate crisis).”

What is feminism?.

This article is a bit dated, but it’s also still relevant and it makes some good points in easy-to-understand ways. Worth remembering and sharing, especially for discussions of equity.

“. . . how can we gain a deeper understanding of where we personally stand on the issue of equality? . . . ”


I had to video myself talking recently and was shocked at how much I say, “um.” This realization let me to this article, which offers some really helpful advice. But, it also gave me a lightning-strike moment re: gender and rhetoric with this line: “we use “um” and “ah” to hold onto the “conversational floor” as we are planning what we are going to say next.” I already knew that women tend to hedge and use filler words more than men, and I suddenly realized that I, personally, do absolutely use “um” to hold the floor. Because if I don’t, I am constantly interrupted. I tried, once, to count how many times I was interrupted in a day … and I gave up. (To be clear, I was interrupted at least as often by women as men. I’m not saying men are interrupters, necessarily. Rather, that in my experience, we all are enculturated to think it’s okay to interrupt women.) So … still searching for strategies to claim rhetorical space with resorting to holding the floor with um. Um, sigh.