I think this is part of being an independent woman. I hate the fact that people (correctly) assume that since I am an American woman, I can't drive a standard.
My dad is a mechanic and former race car driver - I of all people should be able to to drive a stick shift!
I think the real reason I want to drive a stick is so that I can be closer to my dad. He left when I was younger, and this would be a way for me to reconnect with him - have him teach me something and create some memories.