Women shouldn't be afraid to hitchhike. Read my advice on staying safe.
Hitchhiking can be an incredible experience for women, solo or not. Of course there are tons of horror stories out there, especially if you come from the Americas and have heard of the multitude of psycho prostitute killers that seem to roam the streets. But in reality the experience of hitching as a woman has many benefits, not least of which is that people are always willing to go out of their way to help you and keep you safe. Plus, if you are in more conservative parts of the world, as a woman you will have access to parts of the culture completely off limits to men. Of course there is the security issue, but it doesn't have to be as big of a factor as many people point out. In two and a half years I have still never been in a truly bad situation. Try reading my advice article and contact me if you have any questions or need encouragement :)