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

NPR6 min readSociety
Do You Need That Surgery? How To Decide, And How To Pick A Surgeon If You Do
When you have a serious health problem that calls for surgery, the last thing you need is the stress of navigating the health care system to find a skilled surgeon. We have tips to make it easier.
NPR1 min read
Kris Delmhorst On Mountain Stage
Kris Delmhorst headed to Vermont to record the 2017 record The Wild with bassist Jeremy Moses Curtis and drummer Billy Conway.
NPR3 min read
Mon Petit, Choose: In The Deft, Whimsical 'A Faithful Man,' A Couple's Bond Is Tested
Louis Garrel's second film as a director is a dry romantic comedy that involves a love triangle, and "watching it unfold can feel at times like an anthropological study of the French species."