Women in Male Dominated Occupations

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Since the middle of the 19th century, when women were allowed to work, they have always been thought to be weaker than men, squeamish, and unable to perform work that required muscular or intellectual development. In most preindustrial societies, for example, domestic chores were always regulated to women. The “heavier” labor, such as hunting and plowing were regulated to men. As society has evolved from the 19th century, the roles of women have evolved as well. Although women still tend to be highly overrepresented in jobs such as clerical, service, and health-related occupations, the ratio between men to women working in male dominated occupations are changing as well. For example, since 1983 to present day, police officers have seen a 360% increase in women workers, 196% increase in civil engineers, and 177% increase in automobile mechanics (Blogspot). These facts raise several interesting ideas, such as why is it that women have only recently in the past couple of decades strived to work in male dominated occupations? A larger question that these facts bring to light is whether or not females will be given a chance, by these male dominated industries, to change the stereotypical views of a “working women” in today’s society. There have been studies conducted concerning the ratio of women to men in certain occupations. A good majority of the studies focused on the educational level between men in women starting in middle school and making their way into high school and college and how that can determine if a women’s educational level has any correlation with how likely a women is able to attain a job in a male dominated occupation. Most research seems to focus on the common factors of pre-experience in the male dominated work force, the educational level of women, and how women overcome the inequality of gender in these male dominated
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