I have a female co-worker in the same line of work who is as well - if not better - educated than me; who is as experienced as I am, though with a different set of experiences; and is extremely competent at her work. We are working together on a project in a phase that has us working together with an expert guy in a related area and he directs most of the discussion so that it’s between me and him.
My co-worker knows this, is aware if it and has even mentioned it to me. So I have to keep saying things (not because she mentioned it btw) in our meetings like “I think Caroline has an interesting point” or “Sorry, what was it that you were saying Caroline?” etc, to keep her in the game.
Not that this should matter but she doesn’t look or act like some bimbo airhead; in fact she’s very serious and, until you get to know her, can seem quite humourless, but she’s bloody smart and capable.
I grew up in the '70s when “women’s lib” became a big thing, went through a career in the military when women transitioned from only being allowed support jobs to being allowed into everything. I’ve known highly regarded female intelligence officers, a female captain of a warship, and on and on, yet here we are in a world where there are no guarantees that a woman, because she’s a woman, will be taken seriously when she should be taken seriously.