My former PhD supervisor tells me that the first five years are the hardest. I go interstate to take my first permanent academic job. Good thing I have a horizon of difficulty because before many of those 1,825 days are done my job becomes full time politics. Ten weeks in, there is a proposal to restructure that includes de-profiling the Women’s Studies position. We learn a new word: when I leave the position ceases to exist, it is de-profiled. I have moved south with my girlfriend, our three cats, two dogs, two ducks and our stuff. I organise a political campaign.i The de-profiling plan comes to nothing and I stay for the five hardest plus two. These things are learned: Women’s Studies is constitutionally vulnerable to attack; an angry woman in the university has a short use-by date.
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