The Ins and Outs of an Ordinary Life

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Getting Noticed

The meeting of the Academy is serious. There are lectures and symposia, scientific posters and research presentations. There are meetings and receptions and opportunities to showcase your talents. If you play the game right, you may find yourself being recruited for a great position. The number of really intelligent and talented women in the profession is clearly on the rise. In fact it is sky-rocketing. So why would you show up to these meetings wearing stilettos and a skirt that barely covers what needs to be covered. Then follow that up at a reception with a cocktail dress more appropriate for a wedding when everyone else is wearing “business casual.” And if you go to the pool during the day, be sure to wear the thong bikini (because you can’t show up totally naked). Maybe I’m just “old-fashioned” (more likely I’m just old!). Thankfully these women are few in number. They just don’t get it. Brainiac is the new black.

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