I found that women were my best programmer trainees. One said that she learned more from me in the last 2 months than in the prior 1 ½ years, which included a 6-week boot camp.
I did these things:
1. Explained things very well
2. Gave her assignments where she could succeed.
3. Assumed that she could do anything until she proved that she could not (that happened only once and he was getting a Masters in a computer field. HE could not understand an “IF” statement).
She told me that one woman was upset because she did not get the project she wanted. I asked:
==> “Did she ask for the project?” Well, no. The manager knew she wanted it.
==> Maybe the manager thought that it was a bad project and was doing her a favor.
==> Also, if she had asked, she would be able to ask what she would need to improve to get the next project like it.
You are correct on status. Those with status get recognized and listened to. Unfortunately, the status is not based on quality of work. It is based on stereotypes and prejudice as you have documented.
Finally, on the structure of this article. Most articles are read online. It is easier if the paragraphs are short. Some people recommend 3 or 4 sentences. I do find it irritating if there is a white space between every sentence.