Programming seems to be such a male-dominated environment. Are there opportunities for women to make names for themselves? Where should a woman interested in this field begin looking for projects?
The best advice I can give you is to love programming, keep learning, and just be you.
I've worked in several male-dominated industries - Information Systems being the second, and the film industry being the first.
I lucked into a company with an Information Systems department that actually has more women than men in technical roles. I'm also lucky that I work for a company with great women AND men. If anything, the guys I work with are more willing to teach and explain something to you and I feel supported by both genders.
I was also young enough to be unaware that I was entering male-dominated industries. Otherwise, I think I would feel the intimidation that I feel now.
There absolutely are opportunities for women to make a name for themselves. If I were to look now, I would do a lot of research about a company before ever applying. Look at see what people are saying about them on Glassdoor.
I don't know what your level of programming experience is, but there are a ton of free classes online at sites like Udacity, Coursera, and YouTube.
I hope this helps!