I think this point really needs to underscored.
Many of the best opportunities come inbound. As in, other people find out about the projects someone is working on through the press and awareness around those projects. It’s impossible for anyone working in ANY field to meet everyone that matters. It would be a horribly non-scalable process for someone to move up in an industry unless people with a voice call attention to their work.
It’s critical to make their work known so the relevant people can seek them out. I think this is one of the things needing the most help. I’ve met many brilliant women in these industries, but very few have any notoriety. I’ve met many men with far less actual accomplishments that get press far easier.