Gayle Griffing Browning

As Interviewed by Grace Woodruff, March 19, 2017
"I felt like I couldn't be myself because I was more comfortable in my jeans than a dress any day."
Gayle Griffing Browning

Introductory Profile: About Gayle Griffing Browning

Gayle Griffing Browning works for the state of Texas at the Health and Human Services Commission. She was born on September 2nd, 1955 in Shreveport, Louisiana before moving to Beeville, Texas 8 weeks later. She graduated from Sam Houston State University with a BBA, getting an accounting job soon after she graduated. She and I both attend University United Methodist Church.

I interviewed Ms. Browning about her experiences as a woman during the 60s and 70s. She talked about the sexism she faced, as a young girl in a small town, being forced to wear skirts and dresses and unable to play sports, as Title IX didn’t come out until her senior year of high school. She also mentioned her life as a 23 year old fresh out of college, meeting inappropriate comments and actions from male coworkers her age as well as questions from much older bosses that would warrant a formal complaint now. The tone of her interview was one of reflection, considering what might’ve been.