I can say without qualification that women (including some on this list)
have been my most important mentors, with the exception of my MS thesis
advisor the males have mostly (though not entirely) been unhelpful or
actively undercutting. I don't know if they're only like that to women-
it could be they don't have any interest in mentoring in general and
that their male students have an equally hard time.
A problem with having women as the most important mentors for us is that
they in general have less access to power. So while they were very
helpful getting me to this stage, what I will need next is appointments
to study sections, editorial boards, etc where most of those making the
choices don't necessarily think of women first when they think of
Sarah L. Pallas, Ph.D.