German speakers have also raised questions about how sexism intersects with grammar.  The German language is heavily inflected for gender, number, and case; nearly all nouns denoting the occupations or statuses of human beings are gender-differentiated. For more gender-neutral constructions, gerund nouns are sometimes used instead, as this completely eliminates the grammatical gender distinction in the plural, and significantly reduces it in the singular. For example, instead of die Studenten ("the men students") or die Studentinnen ("the women students"), one writes die Studierenden ("the [people who are] studying").  However, this approach introduces an element of ambiguity, because gerund nouns more precisely denote one currently engaged in the activity, rather than one who routinely engages in it as their primary occupation. 
I'm 51. I've been involved in many hiring decisions, and I've always experienced that the more 'institutional' the hiring decision (eg, for a know job slot in an established company), there has always been a preference towards women and minorities (who were underrepresented). I've never seen a prejudice against, always for. Now, for the technical, financial field I'm in, there are mostly men, Asian, Indian, white, but it's just not true that this has been a conspiracy via the hiring prejudices, as it's simply contrary to my experience.
So Handelsman and Corinne A. Moss-Racusin, a postdoctoral associate in MCDB and psychology, as well as colleagues in social psychology decided to test whether this bias among researchers might help explain why fewer women than men have careers in science. They provided about 200 academic researchers with an application from a senior undergraduate student ostensibly applying for a job as lab manager. The faculty participants all received the same application, which was randomly assigned a male or female name. The faculty were asked to judge the applicants’ competency, how much they should be paid, and whether or not they would be willing to mentor the student.