Just announced today, Ironman has partnered with Women For Tri to add 200 female age-group slots to the 2017 70.3 championships. While this is not by any means a solution to the problem of the gender inequality at the top end of the sport, it is a big step in the right direction. Check out the article on the Ironman page, here. If you are curious and want to read more about the movement behind the goal to get gender equality in the sport of triathlon (namely in Ironman), you can check out the Tri Equal page. They have a wealth of info on their site and they explain the push and the idea behind it.