Re: Forget true equality
"...because all the evidence available to them suggests that there's no job at the end of it for them if they do. That's the problem."
The tech industry is massively short of good engineers - let alone female engineers. That's why it pays 'relatively' well. So if that mentality exists, we need to prove it, and then it needs squashing.
I work for a pretty small company, and am occasionally looking for devs or support engineers. Seriously the last two times I've put ad's out, or talked to recruitment agencies not one female has responded....out of hundreds of applicants and I'm fairly sure I know why. When I graduated in 2006 only 3 girls graduated with me, of whom only two decided they wanted to take their computing degree's further and move into industry (which they did with no problem), compared to about 80 guys. Comparatively the drama class that often followed our lectures was full of girls...
I doubt that's changed in the last 10 years or so.
The argument about accountants, top managers etc is probably a good one.
One thing I would say is that most larger companies use a Human Resources team for finding people...in the first instance and these often seem to be dominated by females...
Maybe we need more Men in HR to resolve the less Women elsewhere?