As a former hiring manager and tech executive, this article really resonated with me. I agree this is not a hiring or HR issue, and that it starts before declaring a major in college. I believe it starts with math in grade school and science in middle school.
Girls with talent are not encouraged to the same degree as boys, and peer pressure is a big part of that. I remember girls who were talented but took a softer route because of subtle influences at young ages.
While I suspect there is a higher percentage of males who absolutely live and breathe math and science, and perhaps some of that is gender and genetic, a lot of it’s cultural and social. That’s where we need to focus. If we got to 70% male and 30% female in terms of engineers, that would be monumental.