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When the President of the Board of Directors of a start-up, non-profit, public health NGO calls the office line, I answer.
Him:: Can we expect to see you at tonight’s event?
Him:: I’m sure you’re going to get dressed up very nicely.
Before the conversation ends, he asks me to relabel 50 business cards, because he forgot to grab some before boarding the train. I not only *dressed up very nicely* for the event, but was the only staff member to work the event-in below-freezing temperatures to boot.
Here’s to being the only 20-something year old female in the work place.
Stranger:: What do you do?
Me:: I'm a professor.
Stranger:: You're way too young to be a professor. You look like a student.
I'm in my 30s and I dress more professionally than my colleagues. But I'm also petite and female. My male partner, who has the same age and occupation, is never told that he doesn't look like a professor. It sends me the message that I'm an imposter, merely play-acting at being a serious scholar or authority figure. Made me feel like no one will take me seriously despite my accomplishments.
“Are you sure you’re old enough to work here?”
“Is this a good thing?”
“Hey ladies - do you want to be successful at work? Here’s the secret - marry a man who is twenty years older than you!”
“I’ll ask one of the girls to do it.”