I was at a National *Music* Competition and the organizer said to the whole festival (from the stage) something about how there is higher female participation in all the categories, and they were winning! Then he said that “the women are starting to be proficient at the *instrument.*” All of my male colleagues turned to look at ME, the only female in the group. I was livid. I later won my divisionS and he wanted to have a picture taken with me shaking his hand. I took my award and walked away, but not in a %^&* you kind of way, in a fearful way. I was so young and had no tools for dealing with someone who thought like that.