I got an email late on a Wednesday in February asking me to let the emailer know by that Friday if I could participate in a women’s history month showcase of women’s research. See the attached letter for more details.
I opened the attached letter. It started,
Dear [friendly adjunct in another department, that is, NOT ME],
Then the letter itself didn’t say much. Like… I don’t know what they want me to do. Just that they have 24 women participating in 40 minutes and they want to spotlight “my” research and will be a huge honor for them if “I” participate. Then it repeated itself a lot over three paragraphs without providing any actual information other than the day of the event and time.
Then I looked up previous years and it looks like maybe this part is a poster presentation (with big name speakers previous to this), and, importantly, all of the research being presented is gender research. I do not have any current research on gender.
My guess is here that someone said no and I am definitely not their first choice. On the one hand I should go as a public service. On the other hand it sounds like a lot of work for no good reason. On that first hand again, it probably wouldn’t kill me to network with other women across campus. On the other hand, I don’t WANT to. (Especially if having to make a poster of an already published paper is involved! I don’t do conference posters.)
Being a woman sucks.