When things really go wrong, and a woman needs to be alone, it is my experience that she retreats to the bathroom to have a good cry and think through what to do next. She’s safe there, and no one will question it if she needs to spend some time in the stall.
What do men do? Let’s say I have a male character who suspects he is going to be laid off, even though he has been working long hours and doing the work of two people. Today his boss gives him a very low rating on his performance review, and it’s clear Mr. Long-Suffering Staffer is going to be the next one laid off. I’m guessing he does not go into the Men’s room to hide. But what does he do?