The Mathematics Department lounge was a meeting place for graduate students and faculty. It was normal to find people working on projects or eating lunch together. One day while working with a group of fellow graduate students, a group of professors came in and started eating lunch. This was very normal, at times their conversations were enlightening or amusing, but this day they proceeded to discuss their belief that females are not as naturally gifted in mathematics and talked about their students as examples. Listening to this conversation was both horrifying and demeaning. It made me realize no matter how well I did in class, my professors would never see me as being as good a mathematician as my male counter-parts. This was not a recent occurrence; it happened in 2006, but it had a large impact on my decision to leave graduate school with just my masters.