It's illegal to call them quotas, that would make the Affirmative Action hires feel bad, and we can't have any hurt feelings, not when there's lawyers around.
2) Take a hundred average men of military age. Take a hundred women average men of military age. Throw them naked in the Rose Bowl and tell them that the side that incapacites the other side completely will earn five million dollars apiece, and say also that there's no rules. Wanna bet which team wins?
Of course the men will win, so quit babbling about relative differences.
Don't like that comparison? Take the same teams, give them 100 lb packs with field rations and rifles, and tell them to start marching, that anyone who sits down or even leans against a pole is disqualified, and see which team wins the money.
Remember, we're talking infantry here, and those guys march all over the damn place at times. (Sometimes the trucks run out of gas.)