We are writing this email on behalf of Professional Society Outside of My Discipline to invite posters and presentations at our upcoming annual meeting. Could you please forward the following information to the students, post-doc fellows and researchers in your department/program?
Student Chapter Committee, PSOMD
[Relevant conference information]
PSOMD Conference Committee
This is disturbing for a few reasons.
- The first part of the email assumes that all recipients of this email are men.
- The first part of the email is from the STUDENT committee! The non-student committee used the more appropriate and gender-neutral term "colleagues." Aren't the students supposed to be the ones challenging the status quo?!
- I am sad for the women in this particular field who have to deal with such asinine assumptions.