I think people have been more open to ‘geek’ hobbies as of late. Video games and board games have really opened a lot of doors. I find that most of the women that I know like board games. It’s too bad that certain activities have been labelled as ‘white’ hobbies and may scare off potential players. I think if people keep putting out diverse games with strong themes people will eventually come around.
One thing I did notice is that some games perpetuate stereotypes, especially Pulp games. I remember painting pulp miniatures a decade or so ago when I came across my Fu Manchu Cthulhu style investigator. My friend Su Fung is from Hong Kong and I was embarrassed to put it on the table. Neither of us are overly sensitive people, but I wanted him to be comfortable.