Wow, this is a touchy subject, JMP, can't wait for the replies...LOL!
I am female and enjoy my guy and gal coworkers equally....see good and bad nurses in both sexes....... I have observed a tendency for many (not all) managers to still subscribe to a subtle gender discrimination...the guys seem to get rewarded/promoted FASTER than the gal of same or better competency and education.
We need a study done on this if it's possible... I'm sure our anecdotes will irritate some.... I do understand anecdote is not the singular of data but I have been concerned by my observations over the years....would LOVE to see a broad based study done taking into account all measurable qualifications with sex being the variable.....even if it proves me wrong!!
It bothers me when the gal is just as ambitious and sharp (from my viewpoint as charge) but the guy is chosen ie for critical care internships, IABP courses, etc. The gal eventually will get there if she's tenacious but must wait til the guys jump past her, IME. I have recommended female nurses to my bosses for promotions only to see them choose a less qualified male nurse (from my perspective as a charge nurse)....and I am left to wonder why.
Bigotry of all kinds will always be alive and well out there, unfortunately, and sexism is only one of many barriers to a fair workplace. But then again life ain't fair so.....there we are.
My lil sis works in a government agency and sees similar things as in nursing....she applied for a promotion and it was given to a young man with half her experience and credentials..one who she had trained. It's hard to prove these things and a EEO complaint looks bad on her record. She decided to stay above it all and I admire her for that.
Success is the best revenge; we learn and we move forward.