Yeah, I used to kid my SWE-involved friend about how hard it was for women in Engineering. Took me several quarters to amass a team of study partners to work together at understanding the material.
The women on the other hand could walk into any tutor room and say "Anyone know anything about x
?" and they'd be swarmed by helpful people.
It must be really hard to study with so many people willing to explain difficult coursework to you. :D
Also, I've never seen a woman passed up for employment if she knew her stuff. Their resumes went to the top of the pile and they were the first to get interviews.
Once employed, the advantages don't end.
And yet a close friend of mine recently quit her position as a project manager with an IT company in another city. Don't know all of her reasons, but I imagine stress was one of them.
The only time I've seen a woman Project Manager unfairly treated was when we had a PM who just wasn't very detail oriented. She was obsessed with walking the walk on career advancement, but didn't seem interested in being a supportive part of the team.
I would have tried to illustrate how some of her habits made it harder for the team to function but instead the manager in charge set impossibly high standards in an effort to frustrate her and make her leave. He also belittled her efforts at technical growth outside of the workplace.
Of course, none of that is unique to women - I've people treat men the same way.