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

Rating: 5 stars  

I first learned about F.A.A.D. over fifteen years ago when I went to a conference session in which women faculty who had been helped by this organization talked about their academic discrimination cases. Many years later I found myself talking to other women about my case and how I had been helped by F.A.A.D.

By attending F.A.A.D.-sponsored conference sessions every year, contributing to the organization newsletter, and reading about the cases that were described in the applications for funding--I have gradually learned a great deal about how women faculty become subjected to discrimination based on sex, gender orientation, marital status, age, and disability. I have also learned about the often crippling effects of discrimination on one's self-esteem, physical, mental and emotional health, socioeconomic status, and professional life. And, very importantly, I have learned about strategies to prevent and fight against academic discrimination as well as ways to mitigate its terrible effects.

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

No woman faculty wants to believe that she can be the target of some form of discrimination. However, every semester women faculty around the country find themselves targeted, just like all the women helped by the organization have been. All that I learned from F.A.A.D. and the caring and expert information and advice I received were instrumental in minimizing the ill effects discrimination on me and strengthened my resolve to help other women seek justice when they are wronged.

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

Adequate funding is vital to women faculty's ability to retain legal counsel and seek redress in the courts. F.A.A.D.'s legal fund is currently very depleted. We will be able to greatly extend our financial support to deserving women faculty fighting academic discrimination if its legal fund is significantly increased. We will also be in a stronger position to educate administrators and faculty involved in hiring, tenure, and promotion and thus prevent discrimination. Will you join us in our efforts?

Role:  Board Member & Treasurer, F.A.A.D.-sponsored conference sessions co-organizer.