Hi everyone,

I am running into quite similar issues in almost all of the companies I have worked so far: Most of the senior engineers just exclude me in the important technical meetings whereas I am doing an important part (technical) of a project. They either think I am not knowledgeable enough for a particular task or just that I am good at doing some non-technical/manual task. I am the only female in the technical team and how do I address this issue & to whom? Thanks in advance!

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I'm not female, but I am the youngest engineer on my project so I've gotten a similar treatment. Mentorship helps a lot because they can advocate for you. My mentor is a young woman so she faces even more BS but got past it by building a great reputation.

Other than that you just gotta constantly work to prove yourself. Don't just do the work, make sure the right people know you did it. You gotta sell your skills twice as hard as other people, but it can be done.

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I’ve had the same treatment in my last position. I too was the only female on the team. It didn’t bother me too much because it didn’t shorten my paycheck. I’d just look for other projects to do and then post out of that team.

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I’d suggest going with more tact, but I tend to *gently* call people out for not including me in meetings and project discussions I should be part of.

The hilarious part is that I’m not even an engineer, but I’ve solved ongoing engineering problems within 5 minutes of forcing myself into a meeting. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Sounds like a good plan. Next time onwards, would directly ask people about this.

Try to be more assertive. Let your voice be heard in meetings. They need to see you as their equal and that starts with having more knowledge than they do.

Have done this several times and still somehow doesn't work.

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