I have always worked in a pretty gender balanced environment up until the past four and a half years.
Last time I worked in a hospital, my professional team was mainly women....but one worked closely with people from other disciplines, so it didn't feel that way.
I prefer the balance, at least the way it has been for me, because there is just more diversity. I am also missing having psychiatry as part of our team...again because of lack of a different point of view.
I think age gap is also a factor, though.
Or some damn thing!
I have NEVER in my whole life had gossip magazine conversations with women of my own age (not saying that these didn't occur in the world....but that if one was working in my kind of area, at least,they didn't occur at work...(or socially with friends).
I have never heard women I work with or have as friends talking endlessly about shoes or fashion or soap operas or reality TV!!!!
These younger women are very intelligent and doing serious work, and yet often want to talk about stuff that makes me want to eat my own entrails with boredom.
Yep...I am a nerd!
The flirt factor at work IS fun! I miss that, too. It was very subdued in my kind of workplace, but there is just a somewhat different energy if you have clever and interesting folk of the opposite sex around (if you happen to be straight.)
Mind you, the only passionate affair that broke out in a workplace of mine was between two gay women.
I'd similarly hate to work in an all male environment. Did that for six weeks.