In the male-dominated real estate universe, women sometimes discover that a hard hat is a hard hat to wear. On being a woman in the industry, Leslie Baltes, the president of Carter, Milchman & Frank, an industrial supplier, said: “I’ve made it my business to know what I’m doing. My male contemporaries in sales don’t feel the obligation to know as much because they’re not going to be tested as much.” Women in the business describe being locked out of deals, being condescended to and having to prove their skills. Joanne Kaufman interviewed 7 women who have endured slights in workplaces dominated by men, but who thrived nonetheless and now run their own corners of the #realestate world. Visit the link in our profile to read their stories. @george_etheredge shot this photo of Leslie.