My Name is Stella

My Worst Moment: The relevant metoo story that I will share concerns an ex-supervisor, who was not somebody I reported to initially. I worked in the laboratory that he managed, but reported to somebody else. In the beginning, we were friendly, as you are between colleagues. However, after some time, he would mention getting connected via Facebook (which was relatively …

My Name is Claire

My Worst Moment: After over two years of constant harassment by a senior male who was my supervisor, and multiple complaints to my institution that went nowhere, I quit my job and filed a complaint with an external body. I paid for my own lawyer while the institution assembled and paid for his defense team (yes team, not just one lawyer). At …

My Name is Rebecca

My Worst Moment: Discovering that my best friend in graduate school and classmate in my program, essentially my partner in crime battling the forces of physics homework and tackling research ideas and oral qualifying exams together (who, by the way, also consistently wore the “Not a bystander” t-shirts advocating for sexual harassment awareness distributed by my school and touted himself …

My Name is Dr. Brain

My Worst Moment: When my colleague tried to kiss me. I Have Given Up On: My peace, health, trust. I’m Afraid: Nothing cause I’m not at fault. This Has Cost Me: Future career, effected my work quality. Something You Should Know About Me: I was working as a PhD student, I was friendly but in moderation. The postdoc would be …

My Name is Jamie

Worst Moment: I came back from maternity leave and a collaborator with a busy schedule immediately set a meeting with me. At first, this seemed like a lucky break, but I quickly learned that meeting wasn’t to discuss my manuscript. This collaborator needed to tell me something that couldn’t have a paper trail. My supervisor was telling everyone that he …

My name is Sue

I was subject to sexual harassment from a senior staffer (e.g. inappropriately intimate questioning, groping) as a technician at an institute in the USA. I did nothing about it. I needed a reference. I experienced gender discrimination from my supervisor as a PhD student in the UK (e.g. “I’m helping John and James find a postdoc, you have a husband to look after you”). I did nothing. I needed a reference. I experienced gender violation from 2 male colleagues while working at a remote field site as a postdoc at a university in Australia. I did nothing, I was too embarrassed to.

My Name is Marie

Worst Moment: I haven’t been sexually harassed or assaulted. I’m writing out of guilt for not doing more to stop a situation before it happened to someone else. The harasser was a graduate student in the same lab as me (I’m also a graduate student). He was a jerk for a long time before his behavior rose to the level …

My Name is Jac

My Worst Moment: Oh boy, it’s a toss-up. I was stalked and sexually harassed by a supervisor and, when I reported it and presented Facebook messages as proof, the manager laughed and said she just couldn’t see him doing something like that. Nothing about his work situation was changed even though he was doing the same to other employees and I was …

My Name is Elsa

Worst Moment: In a meeting with a C-suite member, a manager, and a coworker, the C-suite member told all of us some pretty awful things about a person outside the company (I’ll call him Andrew). The C-suite member was being absolutely callous about very sensitive topics (which Andrew was dealing with), and my coworker made horrified sounds. I expressed my …

Alumni Tear Drops

Alumni Tear DropsA poem by C.A.R.D. Tears for yearsOn Alumni paperQuarterly cryingFresh drops of salt waterDamp news of newAccomplishments and successOf lessons and professionsMemories of hopeAnd bright futureMaking a differenceBreaking the chainOf ignorance and illiteracyFrom G.E.D. to Bachelor of Science BSTat almost 40GPA 3.7A career dreamMade from heavenYears in the makingA nightmare overnightSix years hindsightDeath and done inLike a suicideUnintentionalThe …