Re: A gender thing?
Im convinced that its an upbringing thing, boys tend to go out and help their dad's whereas girls seem to help their mum's more. so its not surprising that after a childhood focussing on tasks outher than technical, they find it difficult to comperhend what to us seem obvious.
Every math and tech proficient woman I have even known was either the eldest daughter or only child of a dad who had really wanted a son. Especially if her name was a feminized version of her dad's - Charlene, daughter of Charles.