For the past 5 years, I have been in the same kind of business. I love it and I'm good at it. I changed companies last year and the company that I've joined has decided to move me up and even take over the region. I'm thrilled!!. This is an event staff company. I love my job. I get to work in different places and see some spectacular shows and meet a phenominal group of people from the performers to the stage hands.
When I left my old job, I had been there for 3 1/2 years. I worked an auditorium with that company. That same auditorium dropped my old company to pick up my current company. I had not been there in over 2 years when I walked back into the doors to work again. The general manager, Steve was thrilled to see me. The technical manager, Scott, the catering manager Jon and the ticket sales manager Tracy (all men) couldn't wait to talk to me again. The supervisor over me, left not long after I got started. Soon, the owner of my company took a great interest. He loved me from the start. No, before any one thinks about it, he's happily married and so am I. Neither of us are interested in anything but business.
My boss is the owner's right hand man. He began relying on me for a lot of things including staffing the town I work in. He started training me to be a supervisor of the different events in my town. Including the auditorium. Sounds great right? No. Because once it was seen that I was going to be in a position of authority, Steve, Scott and the other 2 began to say that they felt more comfortable with a man doing the job. If my boss doesn't give them a man, then, we could lose the client. This client is very important to my company and if we lose it because of me, then, I will feel completely guilty. This is a good company and I am being totally supported. I CAN do this job better than my predecessor. But, I can't if I'm not allowed to do my job. How can I get into this boys' club? I'm kinda missing something anatomically.
Edit: My boss is taking the low road for right now. We are extremely busy and in order for me to do my job, he is sending another man to be my cover. He is the one that they will feel comfortable going to and I am the one who is running the show. I'm not thrilled by it, but, for now, it's a quick fix.