In my photo program, a strong majority of students are female and have been for many years now. As mentioned above, I think most women aren't gearheads and don't care all that much about or for equipment. Instead, making pictures is the person/student's primary focus. I've often been the only male in the room, surrounded by several female students. In my Portraiture class, I was one of just three male students, with the rest being female (about 13 women and three men).
I'm unaware of any female students that I know of that have mentioned forums like this one. I think part of their absence is due to not knowing about places like this, and also partly just from a lack of interest.
This is total nonsense. Some of the best silver printers I know are women, and virtually all the good C-Printers I know are women. The first photo BFA show of this past semester at my school was entirely made up of women, and there was some terrific work in there.Photography can be very technical, especially when you get past the "pretty flowers and dogs" stage, when you start mixing in ligh theory, chemical theory, zone system and (dare I say) technical gadgets, women are put off.