In terms of equality in the workplace, the field of classical music is fairly progressive in a lot of ways. If you have the chops to do your thing and the political savvy to stay out of trouble, you get the job.
That's not to say there aren't issues with numbers. Far too many women are eliminated because "maternity leave" from your instrument isn't really a thing. In this case, as unfortunate as I believe it to be, at least it's actually based in a hard reality.
I even think I know what this class act is trying to say. There's just enough sexism left that a woman conductor wouldn't be taken seriously. Even if you interpret him as an inarticulate ally, is unfortunate word choice is still like a punch in the gut.
IS IT FUCK IT FRIDAY, YET?