I don't know enough about Denmark to know whether gender discrimination persists in technical fields, but my guess is that women make up far less than half of the technical workforce (that's the case for most of Europe ).
How exactly does that however play into sexual harassment on conferences?
The relevance? There's this horrible idea that sexism doesn't exist in enlightened liberal societies with aggressive equality laws, and so any attempts to fix harassment should be done by just passing laws. In reality it's a social issue, and just like any social issue it doesn't get fixed through laws alone. Social attitudes need to change, and part of that is making it clear what the acceptable social attitudes at community events are.
It's not the time that matters, it's the timing. You can't legally (and you should not) force a pregnant woman to come to work.
> There's this horrible idea that sexism doesn't exist in enlightened liberal societies
Not all gender inequality is sexism. There are physical and psychological differences between our genders. Case in point: possibility of dichromacy among males versus potential tetrachromacy among females.
>Not all gender inequality is sexism.
True, just the vast majority of it. But next time women complain that they're being underpaid, do remind them of the lucrative opportunities that await them in the growing field of "People better able to tell the difference between shades of green". I'm sure that'll make them feel better.
And even in Denmark there are days where the mother is not allowed to work for the benefit of the child. And that is a product of biology.
And whole ranges of employees make less than other ranges of employees. There are lots of women in business that make 20 and 100 times what I make, for example.
Equal pay for men and women does not necessarily translate to equality at the workplace (it's based on a non verified premise that men and women's output and negotiating skills are equal). Have you researched if those women that make 10% less than men:
1) put 10% less to their work (e.g because they prefer investing more in their children than in the whole career rat-race)
2) Are less cut-throat salary negotiators? As an employee myself, I know that employees get what they are able to negotiate, not what they deserve and surely not equal pay.
Equality is equal pay for equal work -- regardless of gender race or creed.