Last Wednesday, I posted about me and my fellow firearms industry women. I blamed ladies for cattiness in the workplace, based on what I have seen occur in other industries. Unfortunately, I started that post with the sentences, “There was probably an audible grumble, the first time a woman took a job in this industry. Regardless of whether they were excited about it or not, men have slowly, accepted the change.” This opening line, seemed to throw off most of the gun nuts who read the post. What I meant by these sentences was that I wouldn’t blame guys for grumbling. It can sometimes be difficult to work with women. They can often be nasty to one another.
Catty behavior is no fun, especially when it was aimed at a me. That was my experience when I had a female manager in another industry. However, I have had an opposite experience with the women of the gun industry. Even as competitors, they have remained civil and kind to one another, and I find this difference heart warming.
As for gun guys, again, I have only positives to report. Men, from manufacturers to instructors, have welcomed me into their world. They have been patient teachers and reliable business partners. But, as always, I welcome your insights.