I found an interesting article.
Nowadays only 10% of the crimes are committed by women. But the author Monon van der Heijden found that in the 17th century half of the crimes were committed by women. One reason is that in those times without social security needy women were more likely to steal. Another is that our vision on crimes has changed. Typical female crimes like witchery and prostitution are seldom or no longer punished while nowadays the more male crimes of drug abuse and trade provides in many countries a large part of the prison inmates.