Several career fields are less than welcoming to women. Yet, women are actively pursuing them and disrupting the “good ol’ boy” workplace norms.
Women are more than nurturers thrust into emotionally-charged careers — they demand fair representation in their professional lives. While most companies consider themselves committed — filling positions with men and women equally — a gender gap exists across many industries simply because postings aren’t created with equal opportunity in mind.
Although we’re making progress on closing the gender gap in many career paths, women still have to navigate a work environment where they’ll struggle to be respected, included, or accepted.
We’ll discuss why women need to pursue male-dominated careers and conclude with six ways you can best navigate career paths traditionally dominated by men.
Women Need to Pursue Male-Dominated Careers
Male behaviors, values, and abilities have long been the standard to compare to in the workplace. Because of this, women are forced into the “good ol’ boys club” or are recognizably snubbed from entry. They’ve also reported a lack of respect shown for their perspectives and a noticeable distaste for their input.
Women need to pursue male-dominated careers in order to keep up with evolving business needs across industries, honor their diverse talents, and acknowledge their varying interests. It’s also important because it’s the shift in workplace culture that male-dominated careers need to create an equal-opportunity work environment.
Women have something to offer on top of fulfilling domestic duties, raising children, and nurturing their relationships. They pride themselves on being quick learners, multitaskers, and flexible leaders who can adapt to the needs of the day. They offer a fresh perspective, emotional connection, problem-solving skills, and the ability to build relationships, all qualities of a productive worker in any field.
Women should continue to pursue careers that are dominated by men and to challenge workplace norms founded on male behaviors, values, and abilities. You can take actionable steps to successfully navigate male-dominated workplaces and, at the same time, fight for inclusivity and diversity across the board. Wholly honoring women in all industries, positions, and companies starts with you.