A similar issue is in STEM subjects, which also extends to music technology: whenever I was involved in open days, students and their parents coming to inquire about music technology courses would see a lot of male staff about. The perception is that being involved in studio engineering is a male thing. Whenever I got female students I would ignore all the boys wanting to do stuff and basically push the female students to do as mich as possible or the boys would always be first or assume girls could not possibly do lifting of stage/sound equipment etc.
I recently saw one of those girls who came to study music technology , she was doing the sound checks in a music venue. There are few women in this field but if those schoolgirls with X-Factor dreams could see that there are proper jobs in music technology versus a lot of shattered dreams in singing, they would maybe reconsider their view of tech courses as ‘for boys’.
I find the whole thing depressing!