While there are stigmas with being a short woman, such as being looked upon as young, and thus under qualified in the workplace, being petite is also viewed as an asset when it comes to beauty and dateability. Petite women are often seen as cute, and thus attractive. Also, many men and women prefer to engage in relationships where the man is taller than the woman, giving petite women another advantage in that respect.
While not exactly the same situation, I’ll add here the fact that I am too embarrassed to openly shop for clothing in children’s departments. Even though a lot of really small petite women find success with children’s sizes, I draw the line at juniors departments. While children’s clothing is not technically made for petite women like myself, I avoid shopping them even though there is a chance I could find items that fit. Because of this, I understand the relucatance to shop in a place that may stigmatize you as undesirable, or, in my case, as puny as a 10 year old.