Women should be given more encouragement to launch their own businesses within the IT sector, it has been suggested.Jan Peters, the manager of the British Computer Society's (BRC's) Women's Forum, claims the lack of women in IT stems from the classroom, where "IT is almost invisible".Ms Peters argues that career advisers lack knowledge about IT job options, such as computer research and application development - adding that girls are still being directed towards traditionally low-paid areas, such as childcare, hairdressing and beauty therapy."We need to get across to young girls that there are opportunities in IT. It's about appealing to women from a young age," she comments.According to a recent study by Garnet and e-skills UK, there is still a gender gap in the IT industry, with computer-related careers failing to appeal to 51 per cent of British females.