it is precisely because we live in this modern world that this recent subject is so incredibly important; everything around us was in some sense affected by code, and yet most of us cannot even write a simple program that calculates how much gas we use in a year.
We discussed at she++ that it is not technical difficulties (pun intended) that plague female computer scientists, but rather the social dynamics of our field. We learned that those dynamics are the real deterrents of female computer scientists.
Why is computer science a good field for women? For one thing, that's where the jobs are, and for another, the pay is better than for many jobs, and finally, it's easier to combine career and family. But that's not all.