chilly climate

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chilly (unfriendly or distant and cool) + climate (the context in general of a particular situation)


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chilly climate (plural chilly climates)

  1. (idiomatic) A male-dominated environment where both overt and subtle forms of discrimination lead to the unequal treatment of women
    • 2008 Helms, Kimberly Turner. Self-reflection During Transition to College, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, p. 39
      A chilly climate is not conducive for women students' learning...
    • 2012 Sallee, Margaret W. "The Individual and the Institution", On Becoming a Scholar: Socialization and Development in Doctoral Education. p. 141.
      Most frequently, issues of chilly climate are noted among women pursuing doctorates in the sciences and engineering.