A strange thing happened yesterday. I was asked to take part in a lunchtime networking event in Norfolk where a well known local businessman was speaking. This in itself is not strange, however when I enquired whether it would be alright to bring along my PA, as I usually do to such events, I was told that this particular event was ‘male only’ and that if my PA happened to be a man that would be fine. My PA is very much not a man.
I responded that if that was the case, then the event wasn’t for me either. I can’t imagine a networking event where it would be necessary, let alone acceptable to exclude women. I didn’t enquire any further about the event or the reasons it was male only. I don’t think I want to know.
I have to admit that I was still shocked an hour or so later and wasn’t sure it had really happened, but the email evidence is there.