By Norma T. Mertz
Those are the inspiring and illuminating tales of girls professors who first broke into the unique, all-male educational membership of academic management. ladies of this pioneering new release inform how they overcame daunting demanding situations, traumas, the naiveté of others, sexual harassment, and retaliation, in addition to how they encountered unforeseen kindness and aid alongside the best way. Their tricky paths, complicated offerings, and triumphs are printed during the studies of the 1st black girl professor in academic management, a struggle to the demise for tenure, a genteel southerner’s war of words with the aloof North, and a brash northerner’s survival of the cultural complexities of the South. those tales communicate no longer just to girls, yet to all trailblazers within the place of work, and to these nonetheless dealing with discrimination and relegated to outsider prestige.
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It never crossed my mind that the Louisville chapter was still all male. Thus, when I attended my first chapter meeting in Louisville in fall 1974, I was the only female member there, which I did not know until after the meeting since several female spouses were in the room. Interestingly, no one said a word to me about it, but after I attended the meeting, the chapter voted to allow women to be members. Many women gave me credit for taking a stand and causing this to happen, but I explained that it was simply because I was too naive to know that women were being excluded from this professional organization in our field.
Interestingly, no one said a word to me about it, but after I attended the meeting, the chapter voted to allow women to be members. Many women gave me credit for taking a stand and causing this to happen, but I explained that it was simply because I was too naive to know that women were being excluded from this professional organization in our field. I never expected to confront such discrimination. I received my PhD in spring 1975, and the Louisville district was in the process of merging with the larger Jefferson County district for school desegregation purposes.
When the opportunity came from Atlanta University for a faculty position and the director of the new doctoral program, I did not hesitate. Race was a positive factor since they wanted an African American. For me, the context was conducive to success—Atlanta University was a graduate school. Even though the institution did not have many doctoral programs, it did have a culture of research and service. With my administrative responsibilities, my own research was not pursued as I had hoped. The other black faculty at Atlanta were mostly new, so my job was to develop a sense of community.