Oh gosh, I really feel for your friend! It’s SO frustrating to be seen as a ‘perfect’ candidate but be dismissed for such a simple reason.
I’ve found where I live definitely impacts this mindset. When I live in a city, it’s never that big of a deal, but the smaller the town, the more of an issue it seems to be.
While it can feel discouraging, I still think it’s important to keep going, and pushing back as diplomatically as we can on some of these outdated ideas.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read and leave your thoughts :)