I know plenty of men who have majored in those fields, and plenty of women who have majored in science/tech fields. (I am a college professor.)
We need people who do both. Our society doesn't need STEM majors only, and I have to point out that STEM majors do not necessarily feed you directly into a career after you earn a bachelor's. You can't become a professional scientist with just a bachelor's degree in biology or chemistry or physics. You need a graduate degree. And we've got a glut of engineers and IT people, many of whom lack certain skills that humanities and social sciences majors possess, according to Forbes, the business magazine.
Many people who major in fields like English or Anthropology are planning to earn graduate/professional degrees. That's what my own classmates did, and it's what I did. I have to wonder why your social circle is filled with people of such low motivation. I think that's the problem, not what they majored in.
I also know plenty of people who didn't major in STEM subjects but who are well-employed. Perhaps your acquaintances just don't know how to go about finding jobs.