Women in IT
I've been in IT since before there was a name for it. I've been called a technician, an applications engineer, a computer systems engineer. Then along about 1997, or so, System Administration/Administrator became The Thing. Later, that became Information Technologist. When SunOS was version 1.3, I started as a System Administrator at a California University. I had a degree in Biology - but even before I went to college I had been a Data Systems Technician in the US Navy. I liked to tinker.
I give this background to say that I always felt at ease with technology, and always fit in with the guys - cuz there were never other women in my group anyway. At least, not until I went to SGI in 1995, and there were like a dozen women doing what I did. As years went by, I was to learn that that was the exception to the rule. Since then, I've worked with a few women, here and there, in IT. I think it's a job that attracts a certain curiosity about how things work. It requires unending patience with male egos, and it requires one to constantly tinker and keep abreast of new technologies.
If a woman doesn't have the personal prerequisites for a career in IT, I think she'll gravitate to something that she enjoys. It's not a job for just anyone. The best IT engineers I have ever worked with do not have engineering degrees at all. They're English majors, or scientists of a different ilk. Because of the diversity of interests, people tend to go where their interests lie - I think women are more willing to move on, than to stay in a job that may not have all the qualities she is looking for. YMMV, but these are my observations over 30+ years in the industry.