Anyone applying a pragmatic lens to hiring the best and brightest will realize that we are missing a large part of the population if women remain under-represented in technology. The reason is fearful men.
Sexual harassment and mistreatment of women stems from an entitlement culture. Companies who equalize gender pay and create an inclusive culture are not just morally right, they have a competitive advantage by harnessing the best and brightest minds of all people while creating a culture of trust.
If we are actively managing our low performers and not keeping them around to be used as ballast for the annual employee review period, there should be little reason not to adopt more fair and equitable pay based on a set figure and adjusted for cost of living each year.