Women lose value in the work place because they just don't have a stoic nature like men. Who would you go to? the flat chested short hair person for help about a serious matter or the person with long hair, nice figure, cute features? Not that they don't know but I believe it is instinctual. Women are associated with gossip, not helping each other, some with a chip on their shoulder, this is just not trustworthy.
the older nurses deal is that some just don't teach and have bad attitudes. they don't have a young attitude. I remember I needed help with a female foley, brand new and the nurse didn't want to show me, she got so uptight and rude. Please don't throw the 'she was busy' deal. Sorry. So I believe it is along those lines that people don't want to deal with that.