Non-white, non-male professionals no longer identified by their gender, race
NEW HAVEN -- Alexa Stark is a neurobiologist with a PhD and an MD from Yale. She has been practicing medicine for 22 years, has saved countless lives, and has pioneered breakthrough research that promises to save countless more. This week, she hit a professional high.
“I heard a patient describing me as a doctor,” she said. “Not a female doctor, or a woman doctor. Just a doctor.”
Joan Chen, a human rights lawyer for the ACLU, who graduated at the top of her class from Georgetown Law in 1994, had a similar experience.
“I finished giving a speech about the intersection of gender and the law at a national conference,” she said, “and not once was I referred to as either ‘that Asian lawyer’ or ‘that woman attorney.’”
“Despite women and minorities being part of the American workforce since the inception of the American workforce, there remained a presumption that a working professional was a white male,” explained Harvard historian Janet Sullivan. “Women and minorities now make up a large part of the professional landscape, yet the need to single out individuals who didn't meet this white male stereotype persisted.”
“With Hillary Clinton’s landslide win in the election, these false presumptions finally seem to be breaking down,” Sullivan confirmed.
“We don't have a female president. We have, objectively, one of the top 5 best presidents. Period.”