Not-a-physicist

During my PhD in Physics the postdoctoral employee who was to train me wouldn’t talk to me. He would talk to men, he would try to impress our male boss (my supervisor) but he wouldn’t talk to me.

Whenever I came up with solutions to a lab problem, he’d look at me like I was dirt. Then 20 minutes later he would arrive at the same solution as I did and explain it back to me.

He was recommended by my boss for a great job in the US. I told my boss he was sexist and was told “he’s really smart”. Like you can’t find another smart guy to replace him? Smart guys are a dime a dozen, but smart guys that treat women like humans* in Physics are pretty rare in my experience.

*this also means defending us against sexism.