Interesting anecdote in the comments to this post over at Science + Professor + Woman = Me. This is a conversation between the commenter and her chair, a man, about getting the signature for two graduate students to join her lab.
- Chair: I’m not sure that I can sign off on your being the advisor for these students.
Me [Pam]: Excuse me? (Background: two new federally-funded three-yr grants, each with a doctoral stipend available for a student)
Chair: Well, how do I know you are not going to meet a man and run off and be with him?
(I kid you not, he said that).
Me: You don’t. But how do I know that you aren’t going to meet a man and run off with him, and abandon the department?
(He didn’t think it was funny – but he signed the forms.)