Some women shared stories about having sexist remarks hurled at them during meetings or having their contributions ignored.
"I am an associate professor in informatics with a Ph.D. in Computer Science. Most recently, while at a meeting discussing faculty hires, I was explaining how a job candidate (who was a man) should not be hired for our faculty slot because he had never worked with medical data, which is sparse, messy and needs a lot of cleaning.
"I was cut off after the 'cleaning' part by a male colleague saying, 'I'm sure you know a lot about cleaning.' People chuckled."
— Name Withheld
"At a former company, the C-suite was dominated by men, but management was predominantly women. I remember sitting with two other intelligent women waiting for the C.E.O., and when he walked in, he looked around and said, 'Where are all the guys?'
"If he had only realized that we were the ones getting stuff done."
— Jen Pinner
"I am a retired attorney in California. I was having a telephone discussion with a male attorney during which I was vigorously advocating my client's position. Mid-sentence, I was interrupted by the male attorney who said, 'I think you need to take a Midol and call me back when you feel better.' Although I was outraged at this sexist and ridiculous comment, I chose to ignore it and continued making my argument. The male attorney then hung up on me."
— Linda Castro
"I worked in investment banking and was the only female in the team for awhile.
"I've been told, 'The only reason you would be in the boardroom is if you were bringing us tea.' When I said that was out of line, I was told that I couldn't take a joke. I raised this with the head of the division, and he refused to believe me.
"The same head of the division had commented when I asked about overseas transfer opportunities. I was asked: 'Why do you want to go overseas? To find a man?'
"I pushed my direct boss to do something about it and to his credit he did try. But sure enough I was ostracized for speaking up and complaining.
"What the experience tells me is that it's a top-down cultural issue. If the senior leaders are not serious about it or held accountable for it, there's no hope for the rest of the team."
— Name Withheld
"I was the only female partner on a consulting team bidding for some client work. And I was the only one who had significant experience and expertise in this particular situation. And yet my input was significantly ignored. When I showed my frustration I was publicly and privately chastised, and threatened with, 'If you behave like this ... I'm not sure you should be consulting to clients.' This was 25 years into my consulting career."
— Mel Lowe