The damaging narratives about senior women in PSE: Berdahl

July 18, 2017

The labels and narratives placed on senior women in academia have not changed significantly since a generation ago, writes University of British Columbia Professor Jennifer Berdahl. Writing for the Georgia Straight, the author recounts moments in her early career when she believed and reinforced some of the damaging stories that were told about the senior women with whom she worked. The author notes that as she climbed the institutional ranks, she noticed that she was becoming the subject of many of the same narratives that had been applied to other senior women. Berdahl concludes by asking, “how do we stop this generational cycle so that women's wings aren't clipped as soon as they approach the power to soar?” Georgia Straight