"I always known I wanted to be an Electrical Engineer. When I was in the 8th grade I had a knack for math and science, and decided to put the two together and go into Electrical Engineering.
Working in a field that lacks significant female representation has its list of challenges. One challenge is the feeling of constantly having to prove one is capable of doing the job just as well or better than her male counterparts.”"
Women as a percentage of total employed as Electrical and electronics engineers :
Victoria, Senior Electrical Engineer & Team Lead / Women as a percentage of total employed as Electrical and electronics engineers : 12.3%
Women as a percentage of total employed as Electrician: 2.4%
Allissa, Communications Electrician // 2.4% of Electrician are Women
“Working in a male dominated profession, you definitely have to prove yourself, and not take things personally. I am lucky to work remote now though, and that eliminates the office politics. “
Women as a percentage of total employed as Web Developers: 33.6%
“The bias towards women in this job has certainly lessened since 1988 when I came on the job. Surely, it has been proven we do this job as well as our male counterparts, and in many ways, even better. My attitude always has been that anyone coming into this field must know they have to "prove" themselves capable of the very challenging demands of this type of work, whether you are male or female, black or white, etc.”
Women as a percentage of total employed as : 21% Detectives and criminal investigators
Women as a percentage of total employed as Couriers and messengers: 16%
“It's a challenge for sure. Patience is key. In most cases, I'm recognized for my work ethic and intelligence but I feel the recognition takes twice as long as compared to men. I've gotten used to proving my abilities and being ignored for going above and beyond. I find ways to fit in or bond with the guys but it can be exhausting at times if I'm being inauthentic. Being caught in the middle of “locker room talk” is the biggest annoyance. I don't let that fly, but shutting it down can be a little unnerving.
Flying through traffic with a hot fifteen to the courthouse on board during a warm sunny day is so exhilarating. How fast can I go? Dodging cars, pedestrians, objects, red lights... so fast!”
Women as a percentage of total employed as mail carriers in 2014: 40.0% (4% in 1972)
"During the course of the 20th century, the number of women serving as mail carriers grew from less than 100 to more than 84,000. In 2007 there were more than 96,000 women carriers, representing 40 percent of the carrier force." (HISTORIAN, UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE)
“I respect my peers and have been fortunate in my career to be surrounded by great leaders and mentors (both men and women). I’ve grown a bit accustomed to being one of the few women around the table and I actually enjoy it…but I can admit there are times the environment can be intimidating but any environment that is “new” and pulls you out of your “comfort zone” will do that. "
Women as a percentage of total employed in Senior Manager Roles: 23%
"Training in Reality Based Self Defense at times I was the only woman but it made me stronger and I gained respect from the men and I learned so much from them."
"Six years ago, I would have said everything is challenging; the men, the work conditions, the soreness, and the sheer volume of unfamiliar information I was expected to retain and then use the next opportunity at work. Today, I would say the hardest aspect of the job is to push myself and not settle for being a cog in the wheel of a jobsite. I already know I am proficient at being told what to do, my next step is to be a leader and teach those coming up after me. I want my coworker's trust and for people to know I am a craftsman; I do good work.""
Women as a percentage of total employed as
Michele, Jouneyman Inside Wireman
Job: Craft Brewery Owner/Director of Marketing and Sales, La Crosse, WI
Percentage of Women in Executive Roles at Craft Breweries: 21% “I don’t like to define myself as just a woman in a male dominated profession… Yes, part of it does define me, but I like to think my work helps define the industry on my own merit.”
Job: Painter, Milwaukee, WI
Women as a percentage of total employed as Painting workers: 13% “As a cancer survivor, I made a shift to this work as a full time profession because of the solitude. It provides me a place to be contemplative while I work. It requires me to be fully present and pay attention to detail, as well as use my physical strength. I pay gratitude to my maker as I work for the opportunity to create beautiful spaces for people to work and live.”
“I think it's easy for women to dismiss the idea of working in the trades because the reputation might be that it's a ‘man's world.’ This is not the case any longer and there are many opportunities for not only women, but also for the younger generation to enter the trades for a well paying and highly rewarding career. I think we are heavily persuaded in high school that the expectation is that we must go to college. While college is an option, it does not necessarily mean it's the best option for a particular individual. I have done both and continue to pay back student loans, but chose the trades as my final career path because the type of work was more rewarding personally.”
Women as a percentage of total employed as pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters: 1.6%
Women as a percentage of total employed as Welding, soldering, and brazing workers: 4.8%
“Being the only woman blacksmith in a family blacksmith shop is a reality that can be your worst enemy or your best friend. Sometimes both in one day. Honestly it takes more willpower than anything. Push yourself to do as well as they do. To not to let yourself get rubbed the wrong way with the shots they take, because they do it to each other as well.”
"What I do for a living isn't ideal for others. For myself, I like a challenge and trying new things. Your constantly showing that you DO belong, that YOU can do this and keep moving forward. I wouldn't be the woman I am today if it wasn't for working in manufacturing. It built up my confidence and strength."
Women as a percentage of total employed as Machinists: 4.5%
“The reality is, as a young lady entering college, an IT career doesn't sound so glamorous. With the growth of STEM in early education and the presence of technology in almost everything we do, I hope to see that change. The standard societal mold of an IT professional needs to be broken to make it more appealing to young women.”
Women as a percentage of total employed as Computer and information systems managers: 26.7%
Shelly, Mastering Engineer/Audio Engineer
"I was drawn to the audio field because for me it is the perfect combination of creativity and practicality. Working in a male dominated field like audio engineering feels empowering and lonely all at once. On one hand I’m ushering in an opportunity to tip the scales in a different direction towards a more inclusive, non-gender biased career. Other times being a woman in this industry feels isolating, especially when there are few female role models to look to in the industry. Whenever I connect with other women working in this same profession I immediately feel closeness with them. We almost always stay in contact long after our first meeting. I think any industry that doesn’t offer equal opportunities for all people is doing itself a disservice and ultimately preventing opportunities for the maximum amount of innovation."
Women as a percentage of total employed as Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians: 13%
Job: Cellerman, La Crosse, WI
Women as a percentage of total employed as brewery workers: 29% “The most challenging aspect may be often feeling like a fish out of water. My job is not only physically challenging but also involves challenges like operating machinery and tools. Skills that I am proud to have acquired and feel competent with, but do not come naturally. Working almost exclusively with males can be socially exhausting, as I find myself interacting differently than I would in mixed company, and my life outside of work is very different from my co-workers.
I have worked in male dominated industries for 10 years: farming including ranching, dairy farming, horticulture, viticulture, horse training, and winery and brewery work. I never have let the fact that I am often the only woman bother me at all, in fact I tend not to even notice until it is brought to my attention. I have always enjoyed the work for itself, I do what I enjoy, gender roles be damned. I was also lucky enough to never(or very rarely) be actively discouraged from taking on this kind of work.
I have found the majority of males I have worked with to be very fair and respectful. I may have to work a little harder to keep up, to ensure I learn quickly, and prove myself equal, but I don't feel I have ever been discriminated against in the workplace.”
Women as a percentage of total employed as Civil Engineers: 16.5%
“I chose this field because I recognized a need for structures not only in the US but all around the world through my work with Engineers Without Borders. I have a passion for working with communities in other countries and wanted to do what I love regardless of where I live.
As the only female structural student at my MSOE and the only female engineer at the company I work for, it challenges me to be the best I can be. I feel that I have been able to earn respect for my male peers and superiors thus far in my career."
“I think the best part of being in a male-dominated profession is when the old farts (sales reps etc) walk in looking for the boss and step around me to speak to one of my male staff. I love creating that bit of discomfort while breaking down barriers, it's a little bit of retribution.”
Women as a percentage of total employed as Chefs and Head Cooks: 21.4%
“I used to be a business management professional, working that 9 to 5 locked in a building 5 days a week. I married a contractor and began helping him with many aspects of construction, but tiling stole my heart. I can let my creativity flow when I work with tile. I see the design come to life as I work. Instant gratification.”
Women as a percentage of total employed as Tile installers and Finishers: 2.3%
“I’ve wanted to be a barber for as long as I can remember. I picked up my first clipper when I was in grade school. Growing up with three brothers, I quickly developed a passion for the craft and became quite good at it. People often argue that because I am a woman I cannot be a barber. In the past, barbers were typically men but the role is not gender specific. The word barber comes from the Latin term ‘barba’ meaning beard. A barber is a person that cuts the hair/beard of a man. Although there are more male barbers than female, it is becoming more popular for women to take on this profession. Confidence, consistency, and a steady hand have guided me in challenging the ‘women cannot be barbers’ stereotypes.”
Women as a percentage of total employed as Barbers: 16.8%
“It’s still a challenge for a woman in a male dominated business. I hope by the time my granddaughter’s are in the work force, these challenges are in the past.”
Women as a percentage of total employed as Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers: 23.8%