The problem is a grassroots one. There are plenty of keen women sailors. It is a lot better now than back in the 70s and 80s, but down at club racing level, male boat owners would rather have a strong male novice than a highly competent female sailor. For a woman sailor to get a ride, she must be a wife/girlfriend/daughter of the owner and he makes the rule that she is included.
There are now classes where class rules insist on at least 1 woman on board.
There are a lot more exceptions these days, but it is still extremely difficult for women to get on a boat. The solution: buy your own boat. As more women get into high paying jobs, more are able to follow this route.
By not having the opportunity to get onto top racing boats, women sailors need to reinvent the wheel in terms of learning skills and tricks of the trade.
On big boats men are also not strong enough. That is why there are big winches and lots of purchases in systems. Work smarter not harder.
I don’t think women will be given opportunities without rules.