About 9 years ago I had an interview with a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia to be his associate (which is sort of like a research assistant). We ended up discussing the low number of women in the Australian judiciary and he said, “There won’t be much of an increase in female judges until you women stop having babies and start taking your careers seriously.”
I casually mentioned that, perhaps, the legal profession could instead work out ways of becoming more flexible so that women were able to both progress and have children. It didn’t go down well. I didn’t get the job.