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Feminists Against Academic Discrimination Inc

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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.