Re: more likely to have the relevant
No, because the young men got past HR. In the place I worked, women and older people only were permitted to be shortlisted for Engineering posts by HR if there was a shortage of applicants. Also they didn't get promoted if they did get in.
However there were less actual female applicants, because less females did engineering at college. Since then less are doing maths and computer science. So there are less female applicants.
It's not about their quality. Often above average because they needed to be to get that far.