See a young (24-29 yr old) woman with group of several older (40+ yr old) men, clearly work together in a consulting or business type role (based on convo topics and attire). Thoughts/Assumptions?

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First, she might be older than you think - I could pass for 20s well into my 30s. Second - there are many article on this trend, this one just in LAT > www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-women-dropping-out-20170522-story,amp.html. The reality is, the volume professional women are still catching up with men while contending with higher attrition...

As a woman in technology consulting, I am very frequently the only female in the room, let alone in the team. I have been a part of meetings with 25+ men and have never felt uncomfortable or less respected because I know what I am talking about. Also, I have received nothing less than the utmost respect from all of my project teams.

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Thoughts: you typed out an entirely mundane situation that 75% of the female consultants in this bowl have experienced.

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So what?

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🙋🏼 If you saw a younger guy in that same situation would you think they were "trying to get a promotion" or were forced? I don't feel awkward and find it sad that you think a woman eating dinner would be doing it for any different reason than a guy. We can enjoy company too

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Pretty standard based on my experience (30F). As you move up the ranks less and less women esp those who want to travel (lots seem to optimize for local)

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Thoughts - oh look a consulting team. Assumptions - younger person is probably doing most of the heavy lifting. Nothing to do with said persons sex, tho

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Holy crap, they hang out and speak to each other!

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Gang bang🤦🏻‍♂️

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Sounds like most of my team events 👩🏻

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@OP - I have been the only female on all 5 of my project teams. According to your post, I should skip team dinners so that you won't have any "thoughts/assumptions" ...? Please advise.

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That the world is full of people of different ages and genders?

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You're judgmental

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You sound like the type who would mansplain while wholeheartedly denying such a thing.

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Thought: it'd be pretty cool if she were more senior than they are, to flip everyone's expectations.

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She is going places, one way or another 🤔

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They have time for a relaxed dinner? 🤔

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I have been one of 2 women on a 25 person team...still went out to dinner with people. Not sure why this is a big deal.

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OP I'd be curious to hear what you think your reasons were for this post.

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??

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exactly, I suspect most of the replies are from them

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OP if u have heard the term micro aggression!!!

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