It’s no secret that there is a massive gender gap in the tech industry. The barriers keeping women from fully engaging in tech and STEM-related industries aren’t unique; they simply get the most attention due to that sector’s explosive growth and prestige. Institutional sexism – sexism codified into policies, often without overt or explicit discriminatory intent – holds women back across the board. It’s something I’ve discussed before: how pervasive biases against assertive or ambitious women both punishes their success and discourages other women from even trying, or how women are forced to outperform men to achieve similar results. But today, in light of the ongoing healthcare debate, I want to discuss the immense, vital importance of healthcare access in ensuring – and advancing – women’s equality in the workplace.