In todays tough job market, one thing remains consistent. It's all about who you know.
Companies don't even try and hide this. In fact, when filling out applications for a lot of big businesses, there is a specific box near the start of the application where it asks you: "Do you know anyone who works here?"
I imagine many stop reading if you say no, no matter what your academic achievements and previous work experience can bring to the role.
To find out that women don't even have this advantage is shocking.
Almost all the lawyers interviewed perceived privileged women as less committed to legal practice, because of concerns that they would soon leave their careers to become stay-at-home mothers. The women were described as lawyers who were secretly “looking for a husband” or “biding time” before leaving their careers altogether. On the other hand, lower-class women were viewed as “hungry,” and were predicted to work hard for the money because they had “law-school debt to pay” and “mouths to feed.”