A woman who was very forward in dating/courting was seen as desperate, slutty, or usurping the man's role as the head.
Even though things have changed very much, there are still underlying attitudes towards women who initiate, and many modern women don't want to admit they desire the man to take the lead when they secretly do, because they know the implications of those feelings.
I think it's cool when women have the guts to initiate things, because I cannot do it. I'm happy to be a woman and leave the pursuing to men . Seriously though, many women will realize they need to make effort if they want their interest in a guy to go anywhere.
Women do often have ways of letting someone know they are interested, but they use indirect means as society frowned on us being direct in the past.
There's a subtle, flirty way that woman manipulate men and get them to do what they want (ie. date, marry). It's a way of chasing without looking like a hussy . I have not learned this art, and so I am single...