The problem is largely one of perception. Girls tend to want careers that lean toward what they deem as “creative”–advertising, PR, and publishing all remain popular choices. Why should they take an interest in tech when all that’s on offer for a teenager is a choice between an Information Technology class (spreadsheets, databases, PowerPoints, zzzzzsorry what were you saying?) and a games console (made by boys, played by boys)? It’s seen as nerdy, dull and–dare I say it–male.
Oh. Education is to blame then? It’s the cause of all bad things really.