While I agree with the bulk of this I think the gender comparisons are a poor measure of your team. "Even my department, which does pretty well compared to some, and has a history of significant female management, is only 37.5% female at the moment. Last I checked, females are 50% of the population, not 37.5%. We can and must do better." Walk down to your reception desk and see how many males are there... Step into HR and Accounting see how their mix is. If women are not attracted to jobs in IT, I don't think trying to level out your IT staff according to gender makes much sense. If you find someone who loves what they do and they do it well, you hire them regardless of age, sex, race, whatever, but I think trying to even things out just leads you to making hires based on stats not talent.