What I don't understand is why anyone with half a brain would want this. It would be like saying "We want more straight guys to consider becoming hair dressers". This is InfoSec, as a career path, it's right up there with used car sales and hair dresser.
I was at a hair dresser in San Diego about a year ago and some whacko woman cutting my hair... and trust me, I've never seen a person take this type of job so seriously, she was religious about it... well she spent half an hour trying to force to to change shampoos. She went on and on about how this one has this chemical and that one has another. I didn't want to be rude, but several times, she was simply naming the chemical with the biggest words and assumed they must be the active ingredients of the shampoos. She didn't really have any idea what each one of them did. She just assumed that if it was the biggest word, it must be important.
This is how I see InfoSec. I've met people who have obtained Ph.D.s in Infosec and they can't tell you about how anything they're trying to secure works. They love to spew off an endless list of big words they use with little regard to their real meanings, but they sound really intelligent when they do so... unless of course you know what it means.
Securing information requires understanding how it is stored and accessed. This means, programmers and network engineers (or ideally someone with genuine experience with both) is required to make a infosec person. But sadly, because of the bad reputation infosec has, I can't think of any people with the skillset that would be interested in such a step down.
The article mentions that women are far better represented in real subjects like science, mathematics and engineering. I regularly tell teenage girls that are looking for career advice they should go for a real science, not computer science or IT... but instead something like chemistry, physics, math, etc... and the reason for this is that they require the benefits of a stereotypical female mind. They are disciplines and in effect require discipline which men rarely have. Men often win all the love and awards for the accomplishments in these fields and often that's because of the reckless nature they take to achieve their results, but the real work in these fields is almost always done by people who can work without insisting on always starting a pissing contest about everything. Testosterone just doesn't really fit in fields that require disciplined intelligence.
Let's also point out that in most cases, InfoSec, IT in general, programming and often electronic engineering almost never (with the exception of bio tech) have any value to the world. It's not like curing diseases or creating a new non-toxic emulsifier for epoxy resin. I know every time I write a line of code, it has absolutely no value to the world in general. Math, science and physics generally tend to make a real difference or at least have a much better chance to make a difference.