I was working on a project with three male colleagues (scattered about the country, so we couldn’t meet regularly and relied on email to complete the project). After running the analyses (because the others were “too busy,” even though this was a shared project), I sent the output to all those involved. This was one’s response: “Looking at a stats print out like this, especially on a small screen computer is mind numbing. In order to best use, it will be best to make some tables and show us the wheat but lose the chaff. And for each table say something like ‘Comparing those with and without X, the table below shows that those with X demonstrate significantly more Y, Z and M, but not more N,’ or something like that. I did see that we have some significant findings but we need to be able to see them to discuss.”
When I politely responded that I had already taken on additional work with this project and would not be able to complete an additional summary table, one of the other men emailed me (regarding the original response), “He did have a secretary to do this sort of thing for him, but the university cut her position, so I think he’s adrift.” I had gotten a feeling that I, as the woman in the group, was being treated like the secretary, but this confirmed it. I still have not created that summary, and the project has stalled.