There is no reason why girls / women cannot play chess as well as boys / men do. But it means that we also have to spend as much time if not more to train, improve, and get ready to battle at the highest level.
Over the years, I see first hand the direct correlation between hard work and success. I have seen many incredibly talented young players who did not go far in their chess careers. On the other hand, I have also seen players with moderate talent became world-class players through hard work.
I am lucky that when I was growing up, there was no twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, selfies, internet, 300+ channels on TV and all the other useless time wasting distractions.
When I was a young player, while others were busy hanging out, going to malls or movies, and enjoying life, I was busy solving puzzles, working on endgame, improving my opening repertoire, working out, and doing everything possible to reach my goals.
The results speak for itself. While with moderate talent, I reached the world #1 ranking at 15 and remained as the top 3 female players for about 25 years, became the first woman to earn the grandmaster title (via tournament play), as well as being the first, male or female, to win the chess triple crown (world blitz, rapid, and classical champion).
At the same time, many others with much more talent squandered the opportunity. There are many other examples.
Young people today are very lucky to have the best technology and information at their fingertips 24/7. It is up to them to set their goals and decide how much success they want to achieve.
Even after retiring from professional chess more than a decade ago, I still work hard 7 days a week (12-18 hours a day). How can anyone expect to achieve success if they are not willing to work hard for it?