The Washington Post published an account of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s career as a law professor, Elizabeth Warren Faced Sexism, Shed a Husband and Found Her Voice Teaching Law in Houston, which you might find interesting regardless of your views about her politics.
The article described her academic career starting in the late 1970s. She faced a challenge in getting hired because her law degree was from low-ranked Rutgers. There was only one other woman on the faculty and she started teaching legal writing as well as contracts and commercial law. She struggled teaching contracts, where she was a tough instructor who students found intimidating. “The faculty members themselves, often the men, treated me as if I were a second-class citizen,” she said. “It was a lonely experience.”
She had a mentor who repeatedly sexually harassed her. “He commented on her clothes and appearance in ways that made her feel uncomfortable. He told dirty jokes and invited her out for drinks, which she declined. … [One day] he lunged for her in his office.” He was a powerful senior colleague, so she never complained.
Her marriage was stressed as she took care of her husband and kids while going through the grind of being a junior faculty member. “When they were on their high school debate team together, [her husband] Jim had been drawn to her because she was smart and driven, Warren remembered. Now he seemed to yearn for a more traditional wife. But she had become a different person than she was at 19, when they married. ‘I think [my husband and I] were both shocked by who I turned out to be 10 years later,’ Warren said. ‘He thought I would be someone else, and truthfully, I kind of assumed that, too. I kept changing and growing almost despite myself.’”
Unfortunately, many female faculty have had similar experiences.