yes, in the modern era of gaming(since the ps1 era) the amount of girls playing games has increased, to the point where its nearly even now.
this is because the 80s and 90s where very gender biased, even in cartoons and all other formats girls where relegated to games like my little pony and barbie and the colour pink, it was very disgusting. though im male i have heard the girls of those eras preffered to either stick with dolls or borrow their brothers/dads games lol.
these days gender and even being biased no longer plays a role in videogames, and many barriers have since been broken beyond that. the biggest heroin of this would be mrs pacman, which appealed to the girl players and male players even though it was technically a breach of copyright for mrs pacman to exist(something namco today pretend they have never heard of, as mrs pacman was made without their autherisation)and i suppose it may have been with mrs pacman that ladies took to videogames.
the law around this is also a lot more focused than it was previously, a girlie games today are heavily frowned upon, with most developers today no longer wishing to waste resouces on this genre.