Sometimes there is a theme to your week. This week the theme of mine seems to be gender. I’m moved to write on the driving observations, though will draw no useful conclusions. The most recent trigger is a news piece in University Affairs, based on the work of Marika Morris from Carleton, that female voices in the news are up from 22% of quotes in 1983 to … 29% in 2015. This is quite a disappointing trajectory. I’m sure we are all aware of the changing nature of journalism, however, and it is likely this leads to covering stories that are brought to the journalist, with experts that put themselves ‘out there’. But other things are likely at play. Guests of my Qualitative Data Analysis class this week, Deborah and Will van den Hoonaard each made observations relevant to the male voice. Will observed in his qualitative work on female cartographers that while male cartographers happily mentored females in their profession, they avoided socializing with them at conferences, instead seeking out other high-status males. Indeed, he described how substantial discoveries by females were subtly ‘owned’ by male mentors via body language. Deborah noted that in her research on widowers, they tended to give themselves the ‘starring role’ in the story of their wives’ health declines, for instance “I noticed… I asked the doctor… etc”. This is consistent with the book I have been recently laboring to finish, archaeologist Francis Pryor’s Home, in which he respectfully reports male discoveries in their voice while conveying those of females (including his wife, wood expert Maisie Taylor) through his own voice and ego: his visit to the site, his interview, his handling of the artifact. A masculine filter seems to control message delivery in a range of settings. I hope that there is a different theme to next week. Beyond that, I’d better start putting myself ‘out there’ a little more.