An interesting post! Like most womens sports it still seems to be lagging behind in both media time and also funding (GB Track aside). The closest I have seen the 2 is during the National road series and crit races around city centres with both getting a good bit of screen time.
There are moves although very slowy with regards to Grand Tours although they seem to keep females to a couple of days here and there, saying that you do not want to suddenly create a 3 week tour which will not have enough competition or possibly finishers if there is not sufficent time for training required.
Unfortunately in a sponsorship dominated sector like cycling trying to get funding which is reliant on screen time is particularly hard. It is chicken and egg. Without the funding/sponsorship you won’t get the screen time and without that the exposure to showcase the racing and therefore demand from fans for it. With out the demand from fans you won’t get the screen time so you won’t get the sponsorship!!!
Media is key, look at the effect that seeing the womens success at the world and olympics had but then it is not transfered over into clubs etc. Lots of clubs doing great work but
Also put into that an entrenched veiw that is across almost allsport that mens sport is better and therefore more important (apart from mabe tennis, athletics (even then there is a gap between the track and the field for womens events), swimming, gymnastics etc) it is very difficult to get the momentum going.
Being a man never underestimate the ingenuity and tenacity of famales who put thier mind to something and also the inate stupiditly of the male male sex. (That is what I tell my daughter).
These are my thoughts (and as I man I am not answering for the Womenfolk, just an opinion, lest I be berated for the temerity to speak out of turn) and I fully support womens sport and cycling in particular.