I'm sure to get flamed for this (again), but giving appicants equal consideration using the same standards to assess each would be "equality". Likewise, compensating and promoting each person using the same standards for performance would be equality.
Selecting one over another because of gender, race, religion, or other trait ther than ability at the job is, and always will be, wrong.
When I entered Universting in 1978, there were "not enough" women in engineering and computer science. Throughout my career I've heard this same complaint.
If you want to change the gender balance, you need to figure out how to help girls and young women find the passion for technology. Maybe instead of focusing on where their reproductive organs are located, we should instead focus on how technology has profoundly changed the world in the last 3 decades, and how much more disruptive potential is ahead. Just a thought.
Don't mistake "balance" with "equality", though.
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