Take Your Daughter to Work Day
Let's get one thing straight: Whether you're a stay-at-home mom, teacher, businesswoman, whatever—YGG! You're killing it.
April 27th is Take Your Daughter to Work Day, so we put together a list of some of the most male-dominated professions. If we keep teaching our girls that they can be whoever and whatever they want to be when they grow up, we'll have a much shorter list after they're in the workforce.
Did you know that only 18% of all Ernst & Young employees are women? In 2011, only 8.7% of all CFOs were women. But take heart! There's an Accounting and Financial Women's Alliance to help empower women accountants and financial advisors and give them the supportive community they deserve, if they can't get it in their own offices.
2.6% of all construction workers are women, the same as 30 years ago. But that doesn't mean that number can't change. Sometimes it just takes a little longer to break a stigma. Now, women are speaking out about their experiences as construction workers.
As I was walking around New York City one day in my construction gear, a woman stopped me. She praised me for being a woman working in a “man’s world.” She said I should be proud for working a job that often women are deemed incapable.
—Allie Ruhl, who spent a summer in NYC as a female construction worker
Women make up over 50% of auto industry workers, but only 2% of mechanics. For years it was considered a job for men because of the grease, grime, and heavy lifting required. With new technology, that stereotype is fading. Girls Auto Clinic in Philly has a full staff of female mechanics (called "shecanics," because of course) to make sure women are more represented as mechanics, and help women bringing in their cars feel more understood. Bonus points: GAC's waiting room doubles as a nail salon.
law enforcement officers
From 1970 to today, the percentage of female police officers has grown from 2% to 18%. That's still a pretty low percentage, but it's a steep increase, and,coupled with the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, means women are slowly but steadily creeping into the ranks.