Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Women in my Part-time Life
Some bloggers like to boast how women are making their way into the work force in increasing numbers. That may indeed be true. Now whether or not that is good or bad is for another topic. The assumption that more women in the workforce equates with 'good' is an assumption of what good means but really that is up to each individual woman to decide as they may be increasing in numbers out of necessity rather than out of choice in this wonderful economy lead by our wonderful leader who is so budget conscious and bent on taxing our fledgling business community to death. But I digress.
I picked up a part-time job this year teaching at a local university. Prior to the start of the semester my new boss (a young woman) sent me an email encouraging me to attend a department meeting. There were 14 of us sitting around a table. Ten were women. Four were men. I couldn't help but notice their positions as I sat listening to the conversation but also thinking to myself, "this will make a good blog post." (I'm always thinking about possible blog posts :) There was my boss, a young, intelligent and very attractive woman with a PhD, another who served as the Academic Dean, another who coordinated the experiential learning placements and oversight of the program, and seven other faculty members - all females. The men included myself and another part-timer, a resource person (whatever that means) and another Dean.
The conversation was great. We all got along. We all listened to one another's ideas and thoughts but the meeting was lead by my boss and the discussion followed her itinerary. No, the men didn't say 'yes ma'am' or 'excuse me ma'am' we didn't prostrate ourselves before the women but it was quite evident that in this department, the representation of the female gender is strong and vibrant - and as an aside, I love working for this group of people.