Staff members are the backbone of any institution. They include support workers such as administrative assistants. Also included are student personnel workers and those who provide services such as printing, janitorial services, information technology, and the like. Many of them are women, some underpaid and underappreciated but among the finest allies one will ever find. If we have made any advances as women in the field, surely it is because many secretaries and administrative assistants have run interference, tipped us off to institutional culture, gone out of their way to give our work priority. Justice and good sense dictate that gains for women in the field begin with staffing. We can support those gains by supporting unions and living-wage efforts as well as by simply being conscientious about working conditions.

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