Assistant Dean of Students Pressured to Under-Report Sexual Assaults

Andy Thomason and Caitlin McCabe at the University of North Carolina’s Daily Tar Heel report on a complaint lodged by Melinda Manning, former Assistant Dean of Students at the University, alleging that the University Counsel’s office told her the number of sexual assault cases in her report for 2010 was “too high” then lowered the total by three cases without her knowledge before submitting it to the Department of Education.

Manning also claims that she was passed over for promotion by the university’s Vice Chancellor Winston Crisp because of her gender:

In 2010, when Crisp was promoted from dean of students to vice chancellor for student affairs, Manning met with Crisp to ask him about applying for the vacant dean of students position.

“Vice Chancellor Crisp told her that he would ‘never hire her because she had a young child at home’ and what that could mean,” according to the complaint, which cites the action as a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender.

According to Manning, the man eventually hired for the position, Jonathan Sauls, behaved in an aggressive and retaliatory manner to her throughout the remainder of her time at the university.

On separate occasions, Sauls reprimanded Manning for reaching out to Chancellor Holden Thorp and the Office for Civil Rights regarding UNC’s handling of sexual assault, the complaint states.

“She was told by Dean Sauls that she should ‘never contact the Office for Civil Rights again,’” the complaint says.

The complaint also states Sauls told Manning she would suffer consequences for writing to Thorp. Though at the time Sauls did not specify what the consequences would be, the complaint says he later rated her as “needs improvement” in her annual review and told her that others had suggested he fire her.

How many colleges and universities that receive federal funds will have to under-report sexual assaults and abuse or intimidate the survivors of those assaults before the Department of Education threatens to pull their funding if they don’t shape up?

Via Jezebel.

“Good Ale, Raw Onions, and No Women”

Bitch Magazine’s “Lady Liquor” series explains why, until the 1960s, American bars banned women.

Bars did employ women during the postwar era—just not to pour drinks. Instead, “B-girls” employed by the bar would show up, pretending to be nurses or secretaries on their way home from work, and charm the male clientele into buying them drink after drink. After several drinks, the woman in question—usually called a “B-girl”—would disappear, leaving her companion with an artificially inflated bar tab.

Morally reprehensible? Yes. Hilarious at a historical distance? Also yes.


Francine Griesing filed a $200 million class action law suit against her former law firm, Greenberg Traurig, alleging that the firm discriminated against her and other female lawyers in its Philadelphia office because of their gender. Greenberg Traurig is one of the nation’s 200 largest law firms, and Ms. Griesing was a partner there from 2007 to 2010.

Ms. Griesing claims that many women partners received less compensation than did men with similar accomplishments. According to her law suit, there was only one exception to the inferior treatment afforded female partners: “GT [Greenberg Traurig] prioritizes, pays and promotes women who have intimate relationships with firm leaders or who acquiesce to sexualized stereotypes.”

So they do provide an equal opportunity!

"Glacial Progress"

Research non-profit firm Catalyst finds that women make up only 14.3 percent of the executives and 16.6 of the board members at Fortune 500 companies.

“The lack of progress toward closing this gender leadership gap is, to put it frankly, troubling,” Rachel Soares, a senior research associate at New York-based Catalyst and lead author of the report, said in a telephone interview. “The companies that are taking deliberate and sustained actions to advance women in leadership are in the vast minority, and all the work that they’re doing is only providing enough momentum to maintain the status quo of women lagging men.”

Those numbers are actually higher than I would have guessed. *Sigh*

Libya’s Women Fight for Constitutional Voice

Despite playing a significant role in the revolution last year, Libyan women are now struggling to stay relevant, retain positions of power or influence, and further their agenda:

Each setback—from a woman presenter who, hosting a ceremony in August before the new parliament, was forced off the podium because her head wasn’t covered, to a militia in Benghazi harassing a women’s conference—prompts more women to return to private life. That’s a far cry from the heady days following the revolution when women believed they would gain widespread acceptance because of their significant roles in the uprising, from the perilous smuggling of guns and medicines to organizing media outreach overseas.

Now it seems that the committee being formed to write Libya’s new constitution will likely contain only a very few women instead of the 20 it should contain. People may have rebelled against an oppressive government, but not enough people are rebelling against an oppressive patriarchy.

Unemployed? Considering Being White.

After being unemployed for two years, Yolanda Spivey decided to attempt an experiment. An insurance professional, Spivey created a separate Monster.com resume and profile—which used her education and professional experience—with one big difference,[sic] she called herself Bianca White and claimed she was a white woman.

I wish I could say the results will surprise you.

Via The Frisky.

Gay Domestic Violence Survivor May Sue For Discrimination

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) has ruled that a gay man has probable cause for a gender discrimination case against the R.O.S.E. Fund, which provides free facial reconstructive surgery to victims of domestic violence.

This is a pretty big deal, since straight and same-sex domestic violence share a lot of the same characteristics.

  • One out of four to one out of three same-sex relationships have experienced domestic violence – one in four women in heterosexual relationships have experienced domestic violence.
  • The patterns of abuse are similar, often including a cycle of physical, emotional, and psychological mistreatment, leaving the victim with feelings of isolation, fear and guilt.
  • No race, ethnicity, or socio-economic status is exempt.

Brain Differences Explain It

A recent study reveals some of the [totally unsurprising] gender biases that contribute to the under-representation of women in physics-based fields. Researchers asked female and male scientists for their opinions on why women are more likely to go into biology than physics. Here’s one of my favorites:

“Physics is more difficult for girls and you need a lot of thinking, and the calculation, and the logic. So that’s maybe hard for girls.” — male grad student, physics

With the physics and the thinking and the calculation and the logic and hoyvin-glaven!.

Via The Mary Sue.

Banging My Head Against The Hollywood Glass Ceiling

This is infuriating:

“Here’s the thing,” he said. “The lead actor hates female directors. We only had one in the first season, and she was never invited back. He just doesn’t like them.”