A meeting with the male supervisor (head of the department) to evaluate the work of our team (two men, including the head of the team, and two women) has been scheduled for a long time. Everyone is supposed to present their last year’s work, showing what important things they have worked on and what they have achieved (in terms of publications, sub-projects, teaching goals, etc.).
Sitting around a table with the supervisor, we have agreed that all four staff members will present their achievements in turn before we enter into a discussion. The head of the team is first, then the male assistant sitting next to him takes over. The three male participants then start a discussion about what has been said (the idea of a project proposal by the head of the team). This goes on for a few minutes. They don’t notice that two other inputs are still missing until I interrupt them to call attention to it. We, the women of the team, are then able to present our accomplishments. Our work is not discussed.