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wendyw at staff.monash.edu.au wendyw at staff.monash.edu.au
Wed Feb 8 00:09:32 EST 1995

Dear all

I just had an interesting experience.
I was asked to take part in a "selection committee" - ie a meeting to decide 
who is selected for a job here in our department.
The nature of the job up for grabs is a "higher duties" type  job.  Two of the 
technicians currently employed here expressed an interest in taking on 
"higher" (managerial) duties in return for a higher duties allowance added to 
their pay packet.
OK - so, I was asked to sit on this committee because they needed a female.

Of course, I put my bit into the decision-making process (it was actually very 
difficult, both applicants are very good) but I think that my presence at the 
meeting was merely to satisfy whoever it is that needs to be satisfied that 
there was an appropriate gender balance in the committee members (there were 
just two others (males) and me).

I don't think I'm offended; but I do feel rather strange about this.  I can 
see _why_ (and I think its good) that selection committees have females on 
them; but to be asked to take part in one "because we need a female" was very 

Anybody else had similar experiences?

Nb. the e-mail address that is automatically attached to my postings is wrong 
and I don't know how to change it.  My "real" e-mail address is: 
wendyw at gas.cc.monash.edu.au

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