While the number of women in technical fields may be low...
...indeed, relatively few women study computer science at third level (MIT article: 'A Tough Calculation'), however an article in CIO Journal highlights the successes of female technologists in recent years (Women’s Strength in Technology Is Greater Than It Seems).
Laurian Vega observed: "the difference between what is “perceived” and what is real in regards to gender stereotypes looks like it is a critical concern and one that just isn’t affecting those of us who are already in computing."
Vineet Nayar counters by observing that "it is refreshing to focus instead on the success stories of the past few years. The big names are well documented – new Yahoo! President and CEO Marissa Mayer, IBM CEO Virginia Rometty, HP CEO Meg Whitman, Facebook COO and now board member Sheryl Sandberg, or even Robin Abrams who, having led several tech companies such as VeriFone and ZiLOG, is now making invaluable contribution as a director in our company (LinkedIn)."