Could it be men’s size, strength, aggression and forcefulness that women find intimidating?
Could it really be that women have a tendency to be more emotional and less rational in times of stress?
Or is it just that having children and subsequent childcare takes women out of the game at a crucial time in the development of a career?
It would seem to me that until we find a way of sharing the responsibility for childcare or making adequate quality provision women will always be at a disadvantage.
Could this be the crucial problem that requires solving? In order to create a fair meritocracy we require first-rate childcare and social facilities for sharing the responsibility!