Hacker being a relative term, and female hackers in less developed countries.
I've had some experience with hacking away at code, poring over my computer two consecutive nights over one especially difficult project, and even passing through seemingly endless weeks of bug-hunting, just so I can get a passing grade on a college course. Now, I don't really think having done that qualifies me as a hacker. Sure, I've learned a lot of things, and I've been really proud of the programs I've coded (heck, in the end, they worked!), even if they were only "simple" college projects, like a real-time multitasker, and hardware handling of serial ports, disk drives and video cards. However, when I read of the things accomplished by hackers such as ESR, RMS, Linus Torvalds, Alan Cox, and others, I seem to be like a toddler compared to them.
However, in my country, Guatemala, there's not really much people involved in the technical side of computing. Sure, there's a lot of technician hacker-wannabees, but most of them are in the business just for the money they can make, not for a loftier goal. I'm not criticising them in the least; I'm just saying there's no people in Guatemala that could assume the title of "hacker". Because of this, I've a times been called a hacker, just because sometimes I dissappear from sight for two weeks or a month on end, coding away like hell at some project I have to deliver. To me, it's not hacking. It's simply the work I have to do in order to get an academic title. Hacking would be, to me, a person involved in it because he LIKES to do it. Now, that's not to say I don't like coding away at some project, just eating pizza a couple of times a day, and barely paying attention to my body necessities, heck, I love to do it when I get the chance... it's just that I'm not doing something I started working on out of curiosity and, well, hacker-ness.
As you might suppose, there's even less geek girls around here than in the rest of the world, since here we still have the typical "macho" stereotype, so women are not even "expected" to take on some technical career, and even less something as male-oriented as computing. I know of a couple of women really involved in the technical side of computing, but that's it! In the whole country, I know maybe some 100 males that could be tagged, somewhere along their life, as "hackers", but I know of only two or three women that could qualify as such.
One other thing I see is that, maybe a woman is capable, is willing, and has the expertise to become a world-renowed hacker... but, somewhere along the way, she meets Prince Charming, falls in love, and gets married... the rest of the story is universally known... she becomes a housewife, has children... you get the idea. Most men hackers, on the other hand, have a lot of trouble getting a date, in the first place, leave alone getting married! So, they usually have a lot more free time than women-hackers do, since they don't have much social life (if at all), and maybe don't even care.
Well, that's just my thoughts on the subject.... now, back to work! :)