I am female academic research fellow with a PhD (this will be important). I am organising an academic conference which is advertised on our university website. Today I received an email: someone had seen the advert on the website and asked for further information.
So far, so good. To my considerable surprise, however, the email was addressed to ‘Mrs. [my name]’. This is rather unconventional: I, and most academics with me, always address someone unknown in academia as ‘Dr’ – for better to flatter than to offend!! If that title is not applicable, however, I would still usually use Ms.
So, I wondered, had there been a mistake in the conference announcement? No, the website reads: “for enquiries, please contact Dr [my name+email]”.
I am bafffled. Somehow this enquirer (and it was a he) upon reading my name not only completely overlooked my clearly advertised title, but then inferred that despite working in a university I (1) would be most likely not have a degree, and (2) would prefer to be addressed as a married woman.
How blind and/or biased can one be???????? But I guess that despite rightfully earning a higher degree after years of hard work, it’s still #MFIF. Maybe I should have worked hard to earn a Mrs title instead!!!!