I went to a lunch today hosted by my graduate school, Harvard Business School. It was not a large lunch, about 8 of us had been invited. The purpose of the lunch was to get an update on what's happening at the school from one of HBS's marquee professors.
I arrived and the only person there was the woman who works at HBS, whose job it is to organize these things. I put on my name tag. Her name tag, as the organizer, was different in style from mine. A guy walks in, also an attendee. He looks at both of us and says "Hi, I guess I am the first one here."
Interesting. I was there. He assumed, however, that I was an administrative organizer of the event rather than an HBS alum who had been invited to attend the lunch.
Some will disagree with me, but I think that is a little odd. Why do we think he would make that assumption? Would he make that same assumption if I had been a man?