Women can be lawyers, doctors, architects, composers, programmers, designers, thinkers and insert whatever else as good as men can. And we benefit when the brightest women are allowed to be as such. Men in these fields have children. So can women.
Can they? They certainly have the IQ for it. That's not enough though, most don't have the desire or ability to actually give themselves up to some of these professions (which is how excellence is achieved). They seek a work/life balance. They seek family. At least as far as Medicine is concerned, the further up the ladder you go the more women drop out. They simply have no incentive to succeed. Why should they? A cruel world indeed that feeds them the lie that they can find purpose and satisfaction in these pursuits. A handful can.
The relationship between women and their children and men and their children is different on every level. But you're right, they "can" have children. What's the effect on 1) their work 2) their children and 3) them though? Is it equivalent to the effect on men? Why not complimentary roles? Men don't have to worry about nurturing their families, women don't have to worry about providing for them. Solely from the point of view of sexual dimorphism in mammals, not conservatism or traditionalism. Yet in action they are the same.
Now isn't that a funny thing.Edit:
Who benefits? 70% of my class was women, perhaps a third of them did not practice their profession for a single day after the mandatory training year. Competition for entry is cut-throat, but doesn't test nebulous stuff like uh, mettle I guess. Yet if those places were filled with men, I can't imagine the same happening. Schopenhauer was caustic, did not have the knowledge we have now, but was essentially correct. Otto Weininger was 100% accurate:
In his book Sex and Character, Weininger argues that all people are composed of a mixture of the male and the female substance, and attempts to support his view scientifically. The male aspect is active, productive, conscious and moral/logical, while the female aspect is passive, unproductive, unconscious and amoral/alogical. Weininger argues that emancipation should be reserved for the "masculine woman", e.g. some lesbians, and that the female life is consumed with the sexual function: both with the act, as a prostitute, and the product, as a mother. Woman is a "matchmaker". By contrast, the duty of the male, or the masculine aspect of personality, is to strive to become a genius, and to forego sexuality for an abstract love of the absolute, God, which he finds within himself.
It will seem immediately distasteful unless absorbed internally. Unless you feel/realize/discover it. Can women make the best of metal? Or were they prevented by some social cause or the other? Each pursuit, explored in turn, reveals the answer.