Microaggressions make individuals feel excluded and ostracized every day. Oftentimes, these microaggressions go unnoticed and unreported. In higher education, microaggressions can be especially difficult to prove and frequently covert. This article is a reflection on my personal experiences with gender microaggressions as a doctoral student. Since transitioning to being a full-time student and research graduate assistant, I have frequently experienced microaggressions based on my gender. As a female in a male-dominated work environment, my achievements and abilities are often devalued and undermined. Though my faculty and advisors have been nothing but supportive, my interactions with my fellow graduate assistants have not always been as positive. These experiences have led me down a path of self-discovery that promotes and reinforces my own self-worth as a female doctoral student at a mid-sized public university in the rural United States.



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