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FEMINISTS AGAINST ACADEMIC DISCRIMINATION INC
March 30, 2011

With fellow English Professor Annette Kolodny, I founded Feminists Against Academic Discrimination in the early 1980s. At that time, women were severely unrepresented at the tenure level in university departments. I had experienced gender discrimination myself when looking for my first position, and I wanted women coming up against unfair roadblocks to their advancement to know that they were not alone.
Although our principal activity was to make donations to such women to pay their legal expenses, I always felt that our phone calls and our correspondance with plaintiffs, some of whose cases went on for years, was as important in lifting their spirits.
Over the years, I wrote a column called "Dancing Through the Minefields" and edited a newsletter called "The Strategist: Tips and Tactics for Women Faculty," to further women's advancement in the academic world.
During my years as Co-ordinator of FAAD, 1984-2004, we aided 78 women in their cases against colleges and universities.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The thanks of the women who won their cases as well as the gratitude of women who, even when they did not prevail, realized that they were not alone as victims of institutional sexism.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes: its work continues to be impressive.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I helped women who were denied tenure by colleges and universities with their legal feels, and with encouragement and advice.