I forgot to make my main point in my post about what managers and other people in positions of power can do to help women succeed: Make a conscious effort to respond positively to assertive, confident women who ask for what they deserve. Go ahead and feel that annoyance or anger or indignation when a woman steps up and asks for her due – and then acknowledge that your feelings are unfair and sexist and try to overcome them.
For some years now, I’ve been making a conscious effort to support and appreciate women who are brave and aggressive and outspoken. It’s not always easy and I know I’m not completely successful, but the results have always been worth it. Women can do amazing things if you just fail to completely handicap them.