One day I got a phone call from a recruiter anxiously asking to speak with â€˜Shawn.â€™ The call was for a staff accountant position that I had applied for. My qualifications were perfect for this position. And it was at a pretty prestigious teaching hospital. Supposedly it is extremely difficult to get on at this place.
Well, you could hear the excitement drop in the recruiterâ€™s voice when she realized that â€˜Shawnâ€™ was not a male. Needless to say, I did not get that position. In fact, despite all of the calls that â€˜Shawnâ€™ got it did me no good. You see, gender bias extends beyond paper.