As I tech journo I go to lots of events where, besides the PR staff, I am the only woman. I can relate to all of the scenarios you describe. Like most journos, I also do some copywriting work for startups with a more technical writer (we compliment each other’s skills I think), and the meeting you described of the client facing yourself and not your female colleague is a common problem. Even when my colleague will be saying things directly to them like “Cate will be covering that bit”, they will sometimes not even look at me when speaking.

Tech journo and writer, based in Berlin, Germany.

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