The statistics are pathetic. Women still make 75¢ to a equal male worker in pay. Supposedly Obama wants to take this on after a new study, Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being, shows women are still getting the financial shaft across the economic board.
Women are more vulnerable in layoffs, labor arbitrage and 52% of women drop out of their careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Now there will be claims of all sorts of reasons why women drop like flies in high tech, but one needs to look at good old fashioned discrimination, not only sex and age, but also discrimination against Americans in these fields.
The good news is Obama seems to smell a rat and realize there is obviously discrimination and bias against women in the United States, particularly in the higher paying jobs. The bad news is Obama has every intention of flooding the Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering jobs market with more foreign guest workers, literally trying to turn our education system into a green card ATM. Most of these foreigners are young and male without equality cultural values to boot. Considering the current corporate cultures and engineering environments, this does not bode well for women to gain full acceptance in advanced Engineering and Scientific fields.
Last fall the Paycheck Fairness Act was blocked in the Senate by two votes. Routinely companies consider women in form only, demanding they fill out voluntary diversity identifying information, without even a phone screen. Corporations simply harvest unsuspected candidate's data, all for government reporting purposes to claim their corporation is a good actor. The reality is that woman's resume is chucked to the trash.
Most technology companies are in pure denial on the discrimination against women in tech. Over and over you'll read the most absurd things, like the problem is right brain vs. left brain, or a need for warm fuzzy feelings or even having a family as the reasons so many women are chased out of their careers. Nope, it's pure boy's club. Attitudes and actions go completely unchallenged.