Lot of people ready to jump this manager's sh*t without any idea of the context other than second and third hand information.
But the discussion has morphed into an "attitutdes" argument. So let me address that. As I look around my IT shop, I see one woman out of a about 30. Our shop is demanding (in both time and quality). Our shop is very aggressive. It is also very tight. The one woman is also very aggressive and is respected for her knowledge. She does verge on the edge of b*tchiness, but it works in our shop, because of all the strong egos. She has carved a niche for herself. In my nearly 25 years in the IT realm, women do not seem to have lasted very long in highly aggressive shops, usually because they chose not to last very long. Or rather they choose not to do the things that a demanding shop requires.
Managers are interesting in that they have to construct teams that deliver. In all cases involving knowledge based arenas, females ARE ON AN EVEN playing field. But introducing the wrong female into an all-male team can have disastrous effects to the overall performance of the team, and introducing a second female can be even more destabilizing. In some cases, it is good to de-stabilize a team. In other cases, not so much.
Managers manage team and product risk. We are currently interviewing for a mid-range front-end developer. No women have even sent us resumes. If they had the requisite experience, we would have no problem interviewing them. But after interviewing ANY candidate, we meet and talk about qualifications. We talk about risk - to the team, to the projects, to the current team members, and to the prospective team member. We have disqualified 3 male candidates for risk to the projects and the team already.
Ladies, you want to be treated fairly. You want to be evaluated fairly. Bottom line is, we are being fair to you, just like we are being fair to every male who applies for the position. But understand that it isn't all about you. It is about a team. I will not jeopardize a well performing team just for the sake of politically motivated group-think. Show me how you mitigate risk to the team and lets talk.