at my first
as the line to the women's bathroom snaked outside of the bathroom doors and around the bend; thinking about how embarrassing (!) and rude (!) it might be to walk into a session three minutes into the first presentation and oh why did I drink so much of that free, watered-down coffee?
I've been to this conference for fifteen years and this is the first time there's been a line to the women's bathroom! It's encouraging, isn't it?
I waited two minutes to use the bathroom.
They waited fifteen years for equality and representation.
As we continue to fight for racial and gender equality in academic situations, I want to pause and honour those who have taken this step before me, who have taken the step in a much more difficult context and have transformed it so that those following their footsteps have something to grasp on to.
Thank you to Joy Melody Woods, MA and Shardé M. Davis, PhD for kickstarting the #BlackInTheIvory tag to share stories about racial inequality for Black academics. Thank you to OpenAcademics, Dr. Zoë Ayres for discussing mental health and diversity.
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This piece was first published here.