FEMINISTS AGAINST ACADEMIC DISCRIMINATION INC
I first heard of FAAD from a Feminist Philosophy blog. I was in the midst of considering whether or not to file an official complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario over sex discrimination, bullying and mobbing of women occurring in my department in a male-dominated discipline, in a male-dominated university. Meeting the wonderful, intelligent, strong and courageous women of FAAD, witnessing their wisdom as persons having survived the ordeal of fighting for women's well-earned rights, gave me tremendous strength. Indeed, I would say it was life-altering, especially when at a conference organized by FAAD, I met a young woman, much more vulnerable than I, finding herself in a very unenviable position similar to mine. That I would be joining such a fine group of seasoned women in fighting for the future of that vulnerable young women, impassioned me like little else. When FAAD offered me seed money to hire a lawyer, I knew I was supported. Even though I did not need and so did not use this money (yet!), the fact that I had this organization backing the very scary venture I was about to embark upon gave me the strength to go ahead and do it. I hope to win this case, and to be able to support this organization with the proceeds, so as to enable more women to do the right thing, and denounce our abuse on campuses everywhere.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Participating in two conference panels, one on the ways that the notion of "collegiality" is abused to demonize whistle-blowers in universities, the other on how to survive on campus after filing a harassment and discrimination grievance. It is dreadfully important that there be a central repository of experiences for women on university campuses, and this is it.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would give it all the money it needs to help advance the cause of women in universities. I would make it so public that every women on every campus would know that this supportive organization of experienced, strong women exists, and it could then act as central repository of all our experiences as feminist academics.
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