Dude. If they don't bring it up, how do you know it happens?? You have some inside info?
I've sat on a number of boards, hired, fired, and voted on compensation. I don't ever recall some unwritten, unspoken "special treatment" for women. It's about performance.
I don't know the specifics about Carol Bartz, or why the stock allegedly hasn't risen much in two years. Perhaps it's because the entire market has been in the tank? I'd need to know the state of the organization when she took over and how the organization has performed, as a whole, the past two years.
All of Yahoo's information is out there... like I stated... a jump when she laid off 1600 people and that's it... Yahoo's information is available.
You are not reading what I'm typing Beach... No one will ever say anything like "she doesn't deserve that" in a board room because they would be a sexist asshole... People are too chicken shit to say the truth, so they say... whatever... give it to her.
In the real world, when camera's aren't running and you are discussing things where work actually gets done (which isn't the boardroom) I guarantee you the conversations occurred... they occur everywhere.
Real decisions don't happen in the boardroom... As someone who has sat on the board of so many companies... I'm sure you know this.