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The Empowerment Of Women Within Male Dominated Industries

 

By Careers Desk

 

 Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

 

 

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past six months, you can’t fail to have noticed the unstoppable momentum of the #metoo movement. Since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke in the latter half of 2017, women across social media have been sharing their stories of sexual harassment and showing solidarity with fellow victims. This movement has now transcended the arts and has moved into all areas of society. There is a strong possibility that 2018 will become known as the year where a profound shift change occured within the minds of those big businesses and industry sectors when it comes to gender equality and the pay gap. Although women have been put off by the ‘old boys’ club for decades, more and more women are now choosing careers based on their skills and talents rather than stereotypical gender roles. Take a look at the traditionally male-dominated industries that are now seeing a new generation of women breaking through.

 

 

Engineering

Working with your hands was always seen as a masculine job. However, with young girls encouraged to explore their talents for science and mathematics within schools, more are selecting to study science-based and technical degrees at university. STEM initiatives are trying to tap into the raw talent within the female population. Just 14% of engineers in the United States are female, but that percentage is slowly starting to grow. A larger number of women in the civil contracting industry means that companies are being forced to change with working environments becoming more tolerant and respectful.

 

 

Logistics

Although trucking doesn’t appear to be an industry that welcomes women, there are a growing number of female lorry drivers. One facet of the logistics and haulage industry is the need to prove yourself early on. Ladies from all backgrounds have chosen a trucker way of life because it fits in with their lifestyle. They need to transport goods and equipment to and from set locations nationwide. Fulfilling a shipment on time and to budget earns them the respect of males and females alike. Trucking is an inclusive and cliquey environment but one that doesn’t tend to discriminate on the basis of gender even if there are fewer female truckers. Ladies in this industry are a novelty, not an oddity.

 

 

Plumbing

If the thought of getting your arm stuck down a U-bend doesn’t appeal, you’re not alone. However, a large influx of women is entering the plumbing profession and choosing to learn a trade. Although often still seen as inferior to their male counterparts, female plumbers have found a niche taking on female clients. Women tend to trust other women when it comes to providing an honest diagnosis of why the toilet isn’t flushing properly. What does that say about men?

 

Although male-dominated industries still exist and will do for the foreseeable future, a sea change is beginning. While the gender pay gap is still present and the #metoo movement is prominent in the media, women are empowered to break the mold to reach their full potential in the industry of their choice.

 

The Empowerment Of Women Within Male Dominated Industries

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