[Parentsgroup-list] an outrageous practice

Thompson, Cheryl Lynn cheryl_thompson at student.hms.harvard.edu
Tue Jan 10 20:56:51 EST 2006

Dear Anna,

I recently attended a workshop at Wellesley for those interested in teachin=
g at small liberal arts colleges.    There was a panel of junior faculty an=
d they discussed what to do when questions regarding family come up.  (Many=
 of the female junior faculty had had bad experiences prior to their Welles=
ley appointment.)   It is illegal to ask about marital status, etc.   Howev=
er, if you are asked, you should be honest about your family.   It just giv=
es you an opportunity to find out about the working environment.   Bottom l=
ine: if the response is negative, you wouldn't want to work there anyway.   =

Cheryl =

P.S. I'm all for all of you who have the determination, time (and energy) t=
o be trailblazers!

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Subject:	[Parentsgroup-list] an outrageous practice

Dear fellow parents,
I have been talking to some friends on the academic job market. Invariably,
they have been asked whether they have a child or a partner at interviews.
This is true for males as well as females. Sometimes this is done in a
somewhat sneaky way, for example they are asked by a grad student who they
later find out is on the search committee.
I think this is pretty outrageous, and the fact that it is pervasive does
not make it less outrageous. Apparently, it is also illegal by federal law.
I don't know what other people think about this. For my part, I am
interested in thinking about ways to publicize and stop this practice,
though I'm not sure that all would agree with me on those courses of action.
I'm eager to hear other people's thoughts on the matter.
Anna (G5 in psychology, mother to 19-month-old Max)

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