Should Academic Conferences Have Codes of Conduct?

Published at Chronicle Vitae on November 2, 2015.

Sadly, those experiences were not entirely new to me (or to my fellow attendees). I’m a woman scholar in a field that still skews toward men. I’ve encountered comments about my appearance (from benign to hostile to overtly sexual); dismissals of the merit of my work because of my appearance; utter disbelief that I’m actually the Kelly Baker who wrote the article/book they read and cited (yes, I am, I promise); and snarky, snide remarks about being a mother.