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Review for Feminists Against Academic Discrimination Inc, Brewster, MA, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

I am currently litigating my tenure denial, and have received assistance from FAAD. I was grateful to find their organization in the first awful days after the denial and to took great comfort from learning that others had been through this and survived, and that there are people committed to fighting discrimination against women in academia.

I am not happy to know about this organization, and I wish it did not need to exist. But it does. Academia remains hostile to women, and qualitative judgments about the "merits" of research mask institutional biases against feminist research and pedagogy. In these days of financial crisis, as universities make "hard" decisions about which programs and faculty to support, female faculty, especially those whose research and teaching focuses on women, seem to be especially expendable.

Thirty years after it started, it seems like this organization should be irrelevant. I wish it was, and will do anything I can to work towards the day when feminists enjoy security within higher education, and we no longer need FAAD.

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

I've received some financial assistance in my law suit, and felt welcomed by a community of women who take academic discrimination against feminists seriously.

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

More tenured professors need to respond to this urgent situation and lend their time and resources to this organization, so that it has more resources to help feminists experiencing discrimination. I'd like to see more people volunteer to serve on the board, so that the wonderful, if overworked, board members can respond to clients' queries more quickly. More people need to understand the seriousness of the backlash against feminism in the academy.

Role:  Client Served & I received funding for my ongoing litigation against the university which denied me tenure.