Re: Tech Co vs. Tech Department
If ever I see or meet anyone who is going through such a Situation,The First thing I do is Gift them a copy(or lend them mine) of the Great,Great Book-"How to Win Friends and Influence People".
And of course you will need to add good Contemporary Touches to that today.
As a Mentor I seen many people face such a Situation(its not just about Gender but also about many other Stereotypes);The First thing I usually tell them is to stop complaining and Cribbing endlessly about it-Either at Home or in the Office or with your Friends.
Go to Work with a Massive Smile in the Morning and whoever you meet interact with them with a Smile.
A Smile usually melts most Barriers(I am saying this from personal Experience);Then you will need to do more stuff to mix in with the Crowd.
What else are you really,Really Good at?[Apart from Work].
Some people are Brilliant at Cooking,Some are Brilliant at Painting,Sports,etc,etc.
Whatever your special skills are bring them to the Table at Work and show your Talent and Passion in a big,big Way.
It will connect with most colleagues spectacularly.
Everyone wants to around people who are always Smiling and Buzzing and Cracking with Energy-Its like Moths to a Lightbulb.