In my opinion, women may face many kinds of blockers in family life and professional life. In family life, women may have to dedicate more time for family which may inhibit working towards a dream career. In the absence of a supportive partner women face greater obstacles in furthering their career. Professionally, women still face discrimination and stereotypes which can again act as impediments.
A decreasing amount of discrimination and stereotyping. But apart from that, it's really about choices. Same for men but just from different dimensions - eg. they can choose a career or to be a stay at home dad, but the reality is they can't choose both, regardless of what the laws now say.
Men. Particularly chauvinistic male pigs.
It's amazing STILL how difficult it is for a woman to advance in a male dominated career.
Case in point: when I started my career with a particular Company, the man who was my local trainer, only gave me minimum training. He didn't want a woman to 'know' more about the job than him! He kept his work knowledge as a 'guarded secret'!
That all changed when I went to H.O. for two weeks' training. I returned 'triumphant' having topped my Course, ahead of 14 others'!
Fast forward 30odd years, & I met up with him again. I was with the same Company, he'd left many years' before. The position I held at that time, was way beyond what he'd EVER held!
Got to love Karma!
Women are held back terribly by leaving to have babies', & rear them.
They can NEVER 'catch-up' in any way, shape or form, to the time, & knowledge accruance that has been lost by doing that.