I was nominated for the senior board of my journal. For two positions, actually, two of four. Clearly I was well regarded during the nomination period.
Tonight the elections were held. We each gave a little three minute speech, and then answered questions from the field. The EIC (elected last week) raised his hand after my speech, and asked me this question:
“These jobs are a lot of work, you know. Do you think you’ll be able to perform either of them, given the pressures of motherhood?”
Needless to say, I lost both elections.