How did it work out in the end?
I run into this once. When looking for a job as a programmer I waited for several days for my final interview in a big company. On the day of my interview a guy walked in ahead of me. We talked a bit while we waited and he had less experience that I did and was younger. He got the job. When I asked "why", I was told that it wasn't a girls job and they wanted someone real.
It hurt then but now I'm not really upset. If I got that job I would have missed out my current one. It is closer to my home, better payed and they have nothing against girls there.