Alas, I don't have much of a witty title for this one; I don't feel there's any way to go about that without making it seem like a joke, which it most certainly is not.
Women in the board game hobby has been a heavy subject that I've seen quite a lot of discussion on ever since I entered the hobby. Being a women myself - I know, shocker! - I've seen a lot of those discussed topics up close and personal, and I have a lot of thoughts on the subject overall. While this kind of discussion could go on for pages and days, and trust me, I've talked myself blue in the face about it sometimes, I'll try to keep it brief. Here are just a few of my thoughts and opinions on the subject. And, please, keep in mind that I do not by any means think that all gamers treat women like this, nor do I think that the hobby is overall a crappy one to be involved in; I am merely contributing to a bigger conversation that I've seen.
Like I mentioned, I don't think that all spaces are bad ones. I've also had plenty of positive experiences where I have felt welcomed and comfortable playing games with others. But I want every space to feel that way for every woman. I have read far too many stories of women being bullied or ignored at shops just because they want to play games.
My overall takeaway on the subject is this:
If you're a woman into board games, awesome. Good for you! Keep on playing, and show everyone how fierce you are.
If you're a man who knows a female gamer, plays with a bunch [or one] of female gamers, and accepts female gamers with open arms, awesome. Thank you! Please help us create an open and welcoming environment in every store, at every event, every time.
And finally, if you're someone who makes weird comments like my example, or talks to the guy first in a pair/group, or doesn't approach a woman who's alone and might be looking for a group, give it a try. Women are pretty awesome if I do say so myself, and we'd love to play more games with you! ^_^
Happy gaming, everyone!