“I work in strong, male dominated environment. The ratio back then was about 75% men to 25% women. The environment was a “boy’s club” and if you played on the hockey team with the big bosses, you normally got transferred to whatever unit you wanted to apply for.
A shift happened within the department and supervisors got moved around. A posting came up for a position that interested me. It came down to me and a hockey playing male. The new supervisor conducting the interview didn’t care about hockey. I was selected for the position as I was better suited for the spot. They boys hated that I got picked over hockey player. They passed judgement rather than seeing what I brought to the table. It was a physically demanding position and at first I struggled to keep up. I was in good shape but I did not have the strength that they had. I worked with 5 men and they didn’t care to wait for me to catch up. It justified their reasoning to be angry about me getting the spot over hockey player. They were mean and every day was a struggle. I didn’t want to give up though. I deserved to be there just as much as they did and I was going to prove it. As the saying goes I had to “grow a pair of balls” if I wanted to play with the boys.
With time my physical fitness increased and I was able to keep up. Slowly I earned and gained their trust and respect. I was eventually seen as a team member rather than the “girl”. I spent 2 years in that unit and I have some of the greatest memories from my time there. When I left the unit I was known for the hard work I did and not for being the girl that couldn’t keep up. It was rewarding and I gained a new level of respect to my name that followed me to other successful positions within my organization.”
The girl that grew a pair