Check out this latest article in Fast Company, which highlights how pervasive the desire for boy children is around the globe. (http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/161/branding-for-girls-advertising-for-women) Certainly, in second and third world countries the impact is clear: higher abortion rates (now that the fetal sex can be determined early in a pregnancy), sex trafficking, rising incidence of 'missing' female children, the list goes on.
Given the statistics outlined in the article, it's not a big leap to assume that these perspectives infiltrate the workplace, leading women to not only feel devalued but likely BE devalued, all of which operate below the radar of 'political correctness'.
Believe we've come a long way? These statistics would indicate we've still got a long way to go!