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Video clip: Blanca believes that men in her department often make important decisions outside the workplace and that she is excluded because she is a woman.

So I thought it was very difficult or it could become very difficult or I noticed more the discrimination or the difference of being a woman when I became more senior. And I think there I started to feel the existence of boys networks and the fact that women can be isolated because they are not part of this football team that plays every week or you don’t have the time to go to the pub. And I am in, in lots of occasions I thought that decisions and discussions were being had outside the workplace that would have an impact in work. And I think that has become really evident. I mean it wasn’t evident when I wasn’t part of those decision-making groups but when you become one of that you, you realise how much informal discussion there is that actually informs decisions and you are outside that.

That’s really interesting.

Yeah but I actually I think it’s not. I’m not the only one who is saying this. I think most female professors have the same feeling. I mean the ones I know have the same feeling of, you know, it’s the boys’ networks and you and you need to know how to play that game.