Do you think there would be any benefit to a separate women's rating system which would put the women's top player ratings on par (so to speak) with men's top player ratings? Maybe it's just psychology, increasing the ratings by 75, but I'm also thinking it's just simply a more true representation of the skill level of a woman player to that of her group. I'd like to hear more about why you disagree.
The ratings already do show me how I rate/rank against other women players. Plus they show me how I rate against ALL other players, young or old, male or female. One of the purposes of ratings is to make universal comparisons of players and the courses they play. Creating a separate ratings system for women is patronizing. Some women like that, I personally don't. Chuck has said the top women don't feel the need for this either. Click on the links below and it is easy to compare women to women and it doesn't require a "special" system.
Am Women Ratings
Pro Women Ratings
If a women feels slighted that her rating is so much lower than a man's, I don't know what to say. A female that thinks she can compete with the big boys is usually in for a lot of heartache. I learned that at about age 13 when the boys finally grew up enough to eclipse my abilities. I learned even if you are the fastest or strongest female, most average guys will be faster and stronger than you.