It's unfortunate that this "issue" has left the bounds of reason, and is no longer about efficiency and maximum output. It is also unfortunate the lack of consideration for the trend of warfare of the last 5000 years - realizing that the majority of combatants in virtually all cultures have been male. Or, the similarities of our species, with that of most of the other mammals on this planet that also trend toward the predominance of male conflict throughput . What our policymakers fail to understand (or could care less in the interest of the vote) is that men and women were not designed to compete against one another. To attempt to equalize what was not intended to be equal, is an experiment with the forces of extinction.