Gender & Work at MD Anderson

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Gender & Work at MD Anderson

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KripkeM_01_20120328-Final_Clip03

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3-28-2012

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The Making Cancer History® Voices Oral History Collection, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

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Houston, Texas

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Tacey A. Rosolowski, Ph.D

A couple of follow ups on some details. When you expressed that concern to Charles LeMaistre that there would be a different way of looking at you because you had a PhD rather than an MD how did that resolve itself? Was your fear well-founded?

Margaret L. Kripke, Ph.D

It’s hard to tell because my style of managing things is to simply not pay any attention to it, and so was my progress impeded versus a clinician? I don’t know because I wasn’t in that context. Was it impeded versus a male counterpart? I don’t think so, but it was a concern. I do feel that women are not taken as seriously as men are administratively, scientifically, clinically.

Tacey A. Rosolowski, Ph.D

And you’re using the present tense.

Margaret L. Kripke, Ph.D

Yes, yes, and I think it’s more apparent to me now that I have been in a leadership role in the institution than it was at the time.

Tacey A. Rosolowski, Ph.D

Do you think there have been changes in that since 1983?

Margaret L. Kripke, Ph.D

Yes, and I should say that the person to whom I reported when I first arrived was the vice president for research, and he was extremely supportive and extremely careful never to make me feel like I was a second-class citizen in any way.

Tacey A. Rosolowski, Ph.D

And this is Frederick Becker.

Margaret L. Kripke, Ph.D

Yes, and he was very supportive of his women faculty members and was really a true champion of women in the institution, and he probably made it possible for me to do things. He appointed me to head one the of prestigious committees in the institution as the department head, so he made sure that I had opportunities to progress, and I think that was really very important.

Gender & Work at MD Anderson

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