Introducing a Pregnant Postdoc

A prominent professor from abroad visited our research group. My promoter introduced all my male colleagues by saying their name and the research topic their working on. Then he introduced me: “And this is Ann, she is going to help me with the teaching… (I was just appointed as teaching staff, 30% of my time), but I just found out that she is pregnant, so I will not be able to take a lot advantage of it”.

He meant no harm, he considered this friendly and funny. I was affronted by the fact that my research was completely overlooked, even more than by the remark on the pregnancy, which was absurd, since I finished compiling new course notes and taught half of the course before my delivery.

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The story happened to me as a Post Doc in the year 2010 at an academic institution in Flanders

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