Gender And Non Care Related Careers

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Nadya Fouand, a psychiatrist from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, “surveyed 5,300 women who earned engineering degrees within the past six decades. Only 62 percent of the respondents were working in an engineering field. Those who left the field ascribed problems to workplaces being unfriendly, hostile to women, and lacking in “opportunities for women… advance and develop” (Fleur). Careers themselves do not have genders, but are given “male” or “female” categories by people collectively based on various stereotypes. Technology and non-care related careers are mostly considered male oriented, while people-oriented careers such as caretaker and nursing are considered female oriented. Unequal gender based assumptions of careers are…show more content…
Many courageous and even heroic women took part in all these endeavors. But fighting enemies and protecting the nation are overwhelmingly male projects” (Sommers). When people think about famous people who led the world to advancement, they think of mostly men. Time Magazine created a list of “The 100 Most Significant Figure in History” by compiling opinions and data from Wikipedia, and Google searches. Out of 100 people listed three of them were women, and they were Joan of Arc, Elizabeth I of England, and Queen Victoria. On the men’s side were various philosophers, scientists, writers, people influential in politics (Skiena and Ward). While the number of influential women is not equal to the number of influential men, three percent does not seem remotely accurate. It’s not necessarily important to look at the number of women recognized as influential, when what matters is that they are not well known the way men are and have been. Which is a result of arbitrary views of specifying genders, especially with views of women’s roles being supportive, created culturally. A culture of categorizing traits with certain genders leads women to “fulfill their prophecy”, resulting in women following their stereotypes. In the article, “Not All Men Are Sly Foxes, by Armin Brott, who uses children’s books to show that work responsibilities based on gender are still prevalent. He claims “…mothers are by and
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