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30 March 2012 @ 09:22 am
A woman's story  
Person with ability treated as such despite being black and female. Things are probably not quite as bad now.

Thanx to andrewducker
ruthlingruthling on March 30th, 2012 01:35 pm (UTC)
that is a great story!
Maia Cmaiac on March 30th, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
Although I didn't have to deal with such persistent bigotry, I have a similar story on a much smaller scale. My high school brought in a military recruiter and the entire senior class took a proficiency exam with the same sorts of questions described in that article. Then the recruiter met with each of us one-on-one. When I met with him, he said, "Girls do better in the clerical sections and don't do well in the math, mechanical, or spatial visualization sections." Then he opened the folder containing my test results: 99th percentile across the board. I told him I wasn't interested in a military career because I had a college scholarship to study computer programming, and left. (My best friend had the same experience, except she told him she already had a job lined up as an auto mechanic.)
Ayesha: My eye (bikergeek/tigerbright)browngirl on March 30th, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
Nowadays... it depends. It is possible, at least, for things not to be so bad, not least because of brave undaunted people like Gwen and her family.

*saves this in my Ada Lovelace Day folder*
(Anonymous) on March 30th, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
Yup. Yup. And yup. And (sadly) probably not much better in some parts of the country (mostly south of the Mason/Dixon Line).

Mind you, there's most likely still a bit of backbite -- I'm told that boys still get considerable static if they aim for such occupations as Librarian (as I did) -- but kids today generally _know_ that they can stand on the shoulders of brave people.

Don Fitch (who suspects that this will appear as "anonymous", and isn't a person who does that willingly).
Ulrikaakirlu on March 30th, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link. That is a great story. I do love learning about pioneers like her.
msrat1900 on March 31st, 2012 05:28 pm (UTC)

About fifty years ago, I applied to move up in the Postal Service, where I was already employed. I aced the written test (taking about three quarters as long as the next guy, and they *were* all "guys" but me). I picked up my big hat with the multi-colored ribbons and sashayed out of there, to the appreciation of some of my co-workers also taking the test. (One of them said "I told the guy next to me that you probably had the highest score, as well as the fastest.")

But when I went for the interview, the interviewer, anxious to find some way to reject my application, insisted on interpreting my wish to work for the Postal Service as a disloyal negative attitude toward the Army (where I had worked before the PO).

I didn't get the job, and by the time I could re-apply (and likely talk to a different interviewer), I had realized that it's carriers who have the choicest job in the PO, not the poor office drones. So I remained where I was, already happily situated.