NPR

Think Your Credentials Are Ignored Because You're A Woman? It Could Be.

Dr. Tania Lombrozo reflects on her own experience of being referred to as Mrs., Miss or Ms., rather than her actual title, in light of a new paper studying the topic — with striking results, she says.
Source: Getty Images

When I first became a professor I was 26. And female. (I'm no longer 26; still female.)

The combination made me anxious about whether students would take me seriously as an authority on the material I was trying to teach. I made a point of introducing myself as "Professor Lombrozo," and I signed e-mails to students the same way — especially those addressed to Miss/Ms./Mrs. Lombrozo, or those that simply used my first name. I bought some collared shirts from Brooks Brothers; I made a point never to wear jeans

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR3 min read
A Russian Fan's Perspective On A Most Unusual Gold Medal Ceremony In Pyeongchang
"I was proud greatly. It was from one side, tears of pride and happiness. From another side, I regretted greatly we can't see our flag," said Natalia Kim, who lives in South Korea.
NPR4 min readFood & Wine
How Might Trump Plan For Food Boxes Affect Health? Native Americans Know All Too Well
For some, the USDA's plan to deliver SNAP benefits as canned, shelf-stable food is painfully familiar. The agency has long given this type of aid to tribes, with devastating health effects.
NPR2 min read
Canada Has Best-Ever Winter Olympics Performance, Despite Unexpected Losses
The country has 29 medals, including 11 gold, despite less-than-gold performances from their usual powerhouses.