I have worked on a few high end TV dramas AND low budget projects as well as having been on set at the toppest-of-the-top level of feature films, and one thing struck me so beautifully . There were women EVERYWHERE. That's something that I adore about the film industry.
Having previously worked in finance for almost a decade, I can tell you from my own experience that sexism doesn't exist in film. The teams that I have worked with have asked me back, and for catch up drinks, and kept in touch, irrespective of my gender. I don't get asked out because I am considered "one of the boys" and mercifully, my thinking around that being a necessity in life; in order to succeed in male-dominated industries has changed also.
You see, I take a hard-line stance on such conversation and train of thought. I think that gender is a self-fulfilling prophecy. As far as I am concerned, the more that I am considered on my merits, the better for my career progression. I want to embrace my femininity and womanhood with pride, but I simply expect that I will be paid the same money, for the same job. The contents of my panties simply doesn't come into it.
Go out and work. Go and seek out opportunity. Don't be put off by potentially insensitive questions if you get them. "So great to see a women in film, trying to get ahead in cinematography". Respond with "so great to see a Scottish person/ someone with black hair/ a vegan/ someone who can rock a stripe with such aplomb trying to get ahead as a 1st AC" so that they can see how totally daft it sounds. And if it doesn't to them yet; then you will start to make it so, by treating such stupidness with the contempt which it deserves.
Don't get angry, don't be offended, just carry on working, carry on doing your best. DEMAND the best wages for yourself. SPEAK up for your working conditions. BE you. And while you're at it, arm yourself with the facts.... Go check out Women in Film and TV UK, and Women in Film Los Angeles (links below) for some great bedtime reading and inspiration, and have a read of this article originally posted in the Telegraph "34 Women who changed the history of Cinema" by Helen O'Hara.
Women in Film UK (https://wftv.org.uk)
Women in Film LA (https://womeninfilm.org)