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There's rhetoric out there against female altar servers, in large part because (I think) it is believed that little girls will get it into their heads that if they're serving the priest and community on the altar, it will obviously ensue that they will think they can be a priest. I find this argument fallacious.
I have found that this stance seems to stem from what are formerly known as the minor orders, where seminarians (young boys and men) were instituted to certain positions (acolyte, exorcist, doorkeeper and lector) prior ordination. These positions were reserved for the male gender because they were steps to ordination. Just so that we are clear about these minor orders now- they were abolished (see Ministeria Quaedam) and the positions of lector and acolyte, specifically, were redefined. The ministry of acolyte and lector are still instituted ministries (reserved for men only [as instituted], typically only those in formation for priesthood), but the General Instruction for the Roman Missal, 3rd edition (GIRM for short; the Roman Missal is the book the priest says the prayers from at Mass), states about this ministry, "In the absence of an instituted acolyte, there may be deputed lay ministers to serve at the altar and assist the Priest and the Deacon." So, why all the fuss? Really, there's no need.
I'm really looking forward to when my girls become altar servers (likely with my son), helping our community to experience the living God through the Word and the Eucharist. Perhaps they'll forget to ring the bell during the words of institution like I used to (and get that glare from the priest as he turns my direction), perhaps they'll forget when to bring up the water for washing hands or mix it up with when to bring the water and wine, like I did so often. Or maybe they'll grab the alb for the short kids and have to endure wearing a knee-length alb knowing it looks awkward and embarrassing but also knowing that they are there to serve, even if the dress-code got messed up a bit, like I did. It doesn't really matter what mistakes they end up making (and all the boys made those same mistakes too), they will be serving the community, which is more than most of us do at our churches. If we are able to help cultivate an attitude of service to neighbour, then I think we're working towards that kingdom that Jesus kept talking about. And knowing God, even as little as I do, I know his preference is to work through the little ones, the anawim (http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/column/the-anawim-who-are-they-2386/), like children. They'll change us, these little ones, if we'll let them.
Did you altar serve when you were younger?