I graduated at the end of last year and I now work as a contract manager for a smaller contracting business. Earlier in the week a group of three other managers (all men) and myself traveled a reasonable distance to talk to the client about an upcoming contract we are tendering for.
Our meeting with the client went all day and I was the only woman in the room and easily the youngest, which I expected. The meeting went really well, and my company got a lot of good information out of it. At the end of day, one of the older men representing client shook hands with everybody round the table except me. He started on his left and continued around the table, blatantly skipping me. Looking back, I realise that he didn’t speak to me once throughout the day.
A handshake is such a little thing, but I’ve always seen it as a sign of respect. The only thing that really annoys me about this though, is that I didn’t do anything about it at the time.