Sally Palmer

Sally-Palmer-headshotSally Palmer is director of science for The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee. She grew up wading in the Little Duck River and wandering around her great-grandmother’s flower garden in middle Tennessee. Trained as a plant ecologist at UNC-Chapel Hill, Sally has spent most of her 15 years with the Conservancy developing expertise in strategic planning and freshwater conservation. She lives with her husband and their two young sons outside Nashville.


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Mind the Gap: Shattering the Glass Ceiling and Cinderella’s Slipper

Most media regarding women in the workplace tend to emphasize individual choices women ought to make to improve their own lots and ignore very real cultural limitations and institutional practices that, over time, hold women back. Plus, they are almost always limited to the perspective of white women who are citizens of the U.S., with advanced educations and socioeconomic status. This happens to be my perspective, and I find it tiresome to listen to us argue with one another when many women in the world would love to have our “problems.” So as a general rule, I tend to ignore these discussions altogether and stay occupied with my own small universe of responsibilities.

But is my attitude part of a problem?

I’m now asking myself this question because I was sucked in by the media blitz surrounding Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Lean In. My science brain was set off by the discussions of behavioral cues and how humans — men and women, as individuals and collectively — respond to them. Humans are nothing if not adaptable, and women can be particularly adept at adapting to real or perceived barriers. I bought the book.

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