Which is convincing our field that diversity helps and lack of it has real impact on the people in it and the society we contribute to.
Because, if you look at discussion like this, too few are willing to admit it is an issue. Too many get defensive and throw up a ton of unrelated issues.
Because it's scary to admit you may not be as rational as you think you are, that you act on societal biases like most people. Even worse, it really hard to have a moment of doubt that you actually may not be a very good person, and all your technical skills and accomplishments does nothing to change that.
That's what this is about. Addressing diversity issues makes things better for everybody. But, no, too many steadfastly refused to accept anybody else's perspective if it is different from their own.
Look at this discussion. Not one well moderated comment had anything that remotely looked like an answer posted in the post itself. Not surprising, because it is clear that not enough people see the issues that do exist and wouldn't be that difficult to solve.
From this, it is clear that there are plenty of programmers that are threatened by the mere idea that they, as a man, could have to work with (or be replaced by) a woman that is just as skilled as they are. This is an ages old theme that plays out over and over again in every aspect of society.
The people that do really well welcome the challenge as an opportunity to improve and learn from all sides. I saw it the CS lab when I was in school. Most were clueless, many resentful, but the really smart ones just worked *with* the women in our class. They didn't tell them what to do, didn't judge, but just collaborated.
To this day, I know a few that resent that the women in our class ended up in the positions they did (most notably, one at JPL working on the Pathfinder mission). The simple fact is that she was that good and they weren't.
My career isn't going well at all, but I'm not going to blame it on so called social justice warriors and affirmative action just to feel better. Easy for me to do. One of my PhD cohort that worked with my advisor was a female. She got a faculty position somewhere, I didn't. In the end, I didn't set myself up like I thought I did, and she did better. End of story.
Making yourself feel better by dismissing progress as the action of out of control protestors (SJW) or as affirmative action gone out of control doesn't actually work in the long run.