This just sounds unnecessarily whiny. In which tech world do you work, where there are no quotas? Every company has quotas (maybe not a couple of years back, but definitely so today), managers are given incentives to hire women, employees are paid more referral money if they refer a woman over a man for a tech role. Heck, older man get fired so younger women could be hired in their place. “ No company would be stupid enough to hire engineers that wouldn’t be an asset to their company, or interview people they wouldn’t consider” ← Clearly you are not a manager. Companies today are forced to let go older male engineers, because at the cost they are paying for them, they can hire 2 women out of college.
Your Rachel and the TA example wouldn’t exist if every class doesn’t have a bunch of women who do precisely that to get a higher score. It’s not uncommon. Sure, you might not have done it, but that doesn’t mean it never happens.
Sara working on front end at <BigTechCompany>, it’s her own damn fault for claiming “they were all UI changes, smaller changes”. Was there a need to do trivialize it herself?
The Jessica who nobody wants to talk to, maybe you don’t know the back story. Maybe her male co-workers had an older engineer mentor who was let go so Jessica could be hired.
The Rebecca who was sent on an all-expense-paid trip to the corporate office, yeah, what’s wrong with her team mate’s observation that it wasn’t relevant to her job? I have seen plenty of men turned down attendance to conferencs for budgetary reasons, only to see women being sent to women-only conferences all the time, because it is empowering I guess?
So get off your high horse. This article would have made a lot of sense 3 or 4 years ago. Today, not anymore.