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March 23, 2011

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March 23, 2011

Throughout the nation, across institutions of varying sizes and purposes, and within as well as between academic disciplines, women faculty and staff endure subtle and not so subtle attacks to their professional selves. In an age when many do not remember why there was a women's movement and genuinely believe that women and men have an equal space in society, FAAD provides emotional support, validation, mentorship, and concrete strategies to help women survive, rebuild, regroup, and even thrive in the academy. As one who teaches about discrimination in higher education, I was glad to find an organization that contemporarily continues to support women in academe during times that can be some of the darkest in their professional lives.

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The pragmatic knowledge of members for me was particularly enlightening as most of what I know is from the books, almost mythological like, because people in academe do not talk about these matters

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I would like to see FAAD evolve and become more of a known commodity throughout academe. That will take an infusion of new scholars and activists using traditional and new communications outlets so that women professionals throughout academe can learn that they do not have to struggle alone. I love the mentoring and warmth of the senior women in the organization and believe they'd be great at coaching the next generation so that their work can continue on.

March 19, 2011

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March 19, 2011

"Sex discrimination in tenure decisions is not just unfair; it also has
repercussions in the workplace and in society in general. Universities
and colleges have been powerful cultural institutions in western culture since medieval times. Today, the college degree has become the standard
credential used by employers to screen applicants for most better-paying jobs. Tenured faculty control curriculum and grading and, in so doing, play a central role in determining this credential. As teachers and mentors, professors help shape the intellect and social conscience of their students and, hence, of our society. Offering students a faculty as diverse as the world they live in and ensuring the fairness of the promotion process is thus of tremendous importance." (http://www.aauw.org/learn/research/upload/TenureDenied.pdf)

Filing a complaint of sex discrimination for denial of tenure and litigating that case are not easy tasks. A plaintiff must have capable and committed counsel, compelling facts, emotional strength, and a will of steel. Feminists Against Academic Discrimination (F.A.A.D.) helps women faculty, especially those associated with women's studies programs and departments, who are subjected to different types of academic discrimination, including but not limited to discrimination on the basis of sex/gender, race/ethnicity, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation.

Please support F.A.A.D. Provide assistance to women faculty who experience academic discrimination by making a tax deductible donation . To make a donation, please send an e-mail to sharon@teichmangallery.com. In sisterhood, THANK YOU!

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Seeing monies and support provided to women faculty who have been harmed by gender discrimination.

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