Those of you who know me at least somewhat well will know that I'm sincere in this. It will probably piss some people off anyway.
Why should races run multiple womens fields when the numbers don't justify it, and why should women show up to race in combined fields when the 4s and most 3s know they have an excellent chance of being blown out in the opening laps?
This is an issue of which I would have remained blissfully unaware had I not stumbled into race promotion. From under my promoter's hat, I can say that the cost to run multiple women's fields at Lost River is prohibitive based on likely participation. And the data used to predict participation is very clear. If you lose money running a race, the race won't last long.
My only real inspiration on this is if some sponsor would post a bond, guaranteeing promoters of races that if they ran multiple women's fields, that a shortfall in revenue from women's participation would be made up out of the bond. So if you run an extra women's field and only 10 women race in it, the bond takes some of the financial hurt off of the promoter. If 30 women show up, the bond pays nothing. These numbers are hypothetical to illustrate my point.
Zipping up fireproof suit...