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It’s Not Just a Man’s World

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Did you know that women make up more than half of the U.S. population, but are only 24% of engineers and scientists, 2.6% of construction workers and 13.2% of police officers? Only 11% of U.S. tech start-ups have female founders or CEOs and, of the Fortune 500 CEOs, only 20% are women. That’s not ok! And it’s up to us to change it.

We looked into why this is happening and made some interesting discoveries, which basically boiled down to the fact that women are just as capable as men (or more so!) but society’s oppressive gender roles that are holding women back. Nevertheless, breaking into a male-dominated field can seem like an incredibly uphill battle. But it isn’t impossible. With the availability of many certification programs, trade schools and associate degrees, more and more women are braving this so-called man’s world to make it their own. Staying in it is the real challenge. Here’s how you can increase your chances for success:

It’s Not Just a Man’s World

Reversing gender stereotypes

Try to avoid constantly comparing yourself to your male counterparts. Instead, focus your valuable time and energy on doing what is necessary to make it to the position you strive for. We’ve all been told that some careers, like those in the programming industry, are mostly male because men are just more interested in those particular fields. But that’s just a stereotype. The only thing separating you from the job is learning to code and making some samples (there are lots of non-profits who could use a volunteer programmer!)

The next time someone tells you, “men are just better at some things and women are better at others,” don’t fall for it.

Stereotypes are more of an excuse than a reason you can’t do something. According to the American Psychological Association, there are no proven cognitive differences between men and women. Cultural factors greatly influence the perceived differences in performance, but males and females have no advantages or disadvantages based solely on gender (if anything, women have the advantage!)

It’s Not Just a Man’s WorldThere’s power in numbers: Join a network!

Networking shouldn’t just be about making friends or connecting with those folks with whom you have common interests. Networking is about making connections with other influential women who can help advance your career. Focus on professional organizations as their members are more diverse. With any ethnic or gender minority organization, a place to discuss common ground and shared ideas is enriching and encouraging. If you don’t find an organization that is as inclusive as you’d like, start one yourself.

Articulate is the word

Speak up for yourself! The best way to get over any fears you might have is to be prepared and to be confident. Often women are timid or are afraid they won’t be taken seriously. If you develop your reputation as a credible expert, you’ll be more apt to jump into the mix and share your opinions. You can also try to make a list of all the things you like and dislike about your current situation and work closely with your boss to make improvements.

There are a few ways you can work on being more articulate every day, including:

  • Increasing your vocabulary. Work on learning new words and trying them out in your daily life. It will make you more confident and verbose, not to mention you’ll always know the answer when someone asks, “What’s the word I’m looking for?”
  • Increasing your comprehension. Filling your free time with news radio, science articles and current events will help you be on top of any conversation you may stumble upon. Don’t be afraid to interact in political debates or intense discussions.

Find a guide and keep learning

It can be tricky to track down a female mentor, so get creative! LinkedIn is a great tool to reach out to people in a similar career field or simply reach out to those you find inspiring. Be open to seeking out and learning from those who have experience, not just an existing business connection. Surround yourself with those who uplift you.

“I don’t mind living in a man’s world as long as I can be a woman in it.” — Marilyn Monroe

Incorporating learning into your everyday routine, like reading a book or attending an industry-specific conference, will help you further cultivate your passion. If you’re truly working towards something you find important, it drives you meet the expectations and goals that you’ve set for yourself and pushes you to overcome any obstacles.

It’s Not Just a Man’s World

Your new mantra: Anything a man can do, I can do better!

Want more? Here are 4 Ways to Invest in Your Professional Future

Originally from Denver and now living in NYC, Angie has been writing since she was small. She lives in the Flatiron district with her partner Tanya and their mutt Sparky (always adopt!) In her spare time she loves to paint (mostly abstract) and talk to random people on the street to find out what's interesting to them.

46 Comments

  1. Dennis Hall

    I had this co-worker/friend of mine who’s a guy. He’s superior to me when it comes to the length of time working at this company but we have the same job. He always teases me that I can’t do better than him and that he knows best. After 6 months, I got promoted and became his boss. He’s been in the company for three years and I was there for a year. Haha

  2. Ofelia Ruley

    Be brave and stand for yourself that not because you’re a woman, you can do a man’s job. There are a lot of successful woman at shines in the field of work of man.

  3. Joss Butler

    Stereotypes aren’t always right. It’s just a matter of which gender would fit into that category. But that doesn’t mean that the counterpart cannot do the work. Like in dressmaking, women would perfectly fit into that work but that doesn’t mean a man can’t do it. They can and that would never make it wrong.

  4. Doreen Morales

    Men shouldn’t belittle women just because they think they’re bigger and stronger than them. They can never give birth and survive menstrual cramps! Remember that.

  5. Steev Smith

    Women can expand their knowledge even more if they know their own connections. It could help them excel in their field in the man’s world.

  6. Henriett Bond

    As a man, seeing a woman in our field of work is somehow turns into an automatic competition. That was before I met my wife. She changed my ways of getting into perspective with women. She showed me equality with both.

  7. Both genders are good at something and bad at one. They can do some of the other one’s work but not all of their work. There are disadvantages and advantages of doing a man’s work, vice versa.

  8. Some men see women as a threat to their ego when women are doing better than them. Guys should remove this kind of thinking. Women can be better like guys do!

  9. Eloise Ferris

    I am a woman and I’m an Architect. Taking that in college is really challenging especially with 90% of your classmates were guys! They always mock me that I CAN’T DO IT. I didn’t take that as an offense, rather as a motivation for me to study even harder. I graduated Cum Laude and got my own firm now.

  10. April Henry

    Each and every person is unique in their own way. People should stop comparisons in almost everything! They should grow up and be more open-minded about both genders.

  11. Angelo Henderso

    Always let yourself to crave to improve! You can’t learn if the cup is already full! Always give room for improvement. That way, people can see that a woman can do something!

  12. Selli Coaze

    All that matters here is giving respect with one another. A man can’t do some woman’s job. and a woman can’t do some man’s job. It’s vice versa! Both is good and bad at something. Have equality y’all!

    • Barbie

      🤝 respect and equality 🤝

  13. Juli Woods

    Such an informative post! There shouldn’t be any more double standard between a man and a woman. This isn’t the Shakespear era anymore.

  14. Hena Taylor

    All you need here is to give respect in both genders, then you’ll get what you deserve with also having the amount of bravery and wise decision in every action

  15. Lusi Martin

    This is an informative article! So much helpful especially to woman who are lacking confidence because of the judgement of the guys.

  16. Jessi Agusta

    This generation is not as stereotype as it was before. Woman and man are now aware of what they can do and respects the other gender. But still, there are many people who are still not open-minded about these changes that are happening.

  17. Honey Smith

    Be a woman that’s an inspiration and not a woman of competition. Be a professional and show how great women can be.

  18. Bela Christo

    Don’t be a man hater. instead of dragging guys down, why not teach them to learn to give a better respect to ladies? just my opinion though. no hate

  19. Artur Piterson

    This is one of the problems in this society today, once they see a woman, they automatically think that she is weak and don’t belong in the organization.

  20. Marjory Brooks

    Be competent in your work. Show to everyone that not because you’re a woman, you can’t do the job. There are a lot of women who are excelling on the field of a man’s job. Be inspired 🙂

  21. Never accept when a man is underestimating you. Show him that you can do better than him and shove it in his face

  22. Anila William

    Show people that we, the woman of this society, can also do what a man can do. But a man can never do what a woman can. They can never carry a child and give birth.

  23. Maria Rapier

    People see women = weakness. Change the mind of these judgemental society!

  24. Maria Bruce

    Reading books will help you to learn new words. I always read a book, and when I encountered unfamiliar words, dictionaries are there to save the day.

  25. Florence Frederick

    I study hard, so I can prove to my dad that mathematics is not only for men. I got A+’s in mathematics from when I entered high school until I graduated. Now, I am planning to take another engineering course, because I want to prove them all that engineering is also for women.

  26. Quin Meri

    “Anything a man can do, I can do better!” Yes! That’s the spirit! We can do everything that a man can do, of course except in producing sperm cells. We can do better than them, if we just express ourselves, and never be afraid of anything.

  27. Joyce McAllister

    It is not that women can’t do what men can do, but it is more on, not all women can do what men can do. Stop generalizing all women can’t do a man’s job, because of most of the time, women are better than men.

    • Oxi Harger

      Stereotype, because women decades ago are just babysitting their own children while men are working for their needs.

  28. Paul Daiz

    I have this female officemate, and she’s good in everything. I thought that this woman is not right for this work because it’s too manly, but I was wrong. She handled it like a real man! I learned my lesson and I will never again underestimate the potential of women based on their gender.

  29. Since I was in high school, I was not afraid to speak up for myself. Why should I be afraid? Becuase I am a girl, and I am weak? No, we women are strong, but we are just afraid to unleash it because of our emotions.

  30. Ana Brose

    Finding a guide with the same wavelength as you will help you to achieve your targets. You can ride along with each other, without any pressure, and at the same time, you are learning from them.

  31. Francis Vest

    I am never afraid to express myself to other people. We have our human rights, and as long as we are not harming other people verbally, and physically, it’s okay to express yourself.

  32. Jenifer Jeni

    Being involve in a networking where they will let you grow as a better person is very helpful. I always wanted to be involve in a networking with powerful women, so I can learn something from them. Being successful is not like an instant noodles where you’ll just put hot water, and you can eat the noodles. Hard work, and perseverance is important to become successful in life.

    • Cristina Joseff

      Yes, they can help you to grow your ideas, and at the same time, you are building a great partnership with the people who has the same vision as you.

  33. Robert Patel

    I support feminism, so people called me a feminist. For me, it is just right to support what women want, even though I am a man, I know that women only want equality in this world, and it doesn’t bother me anyway.

  34. Helen Boone

    Because of we, believe that women are not for working field, and they are just for household works. Maybe we should stop thinking about it, and face the fact that women can also work on the field, and can compete with men too.

  35. Brett Lee

    I am amazed by women workers in our company. I can say that they are badass. I was wrong when I underestimate women when it comes to their potentials at work. Sometimes, they are way better than us, men. Salute to all hard working women out there!

  36. I hate it when men underestimate our capabilities. For example, in Engineering, if you’re a girl, and you studied engineering, male professors, and students will underestimate you. After you graduated, and you’re ready to find a job, they will underestimate you for being a woman, and they will tell you that the job is not suitable for people like you.

    • Nancy Smith

      Gender-based jobs are awful.

  37. Jeni Morgan

    We are no longer in the era of Adam and Eve, so let’s stop thinking that men are always better than women. Men always think that women are weak, and they can’t do anything aside from household chores. In this generation, women can do more than household chores, and they can compete with men in the same business as them.

  38. Edna Badillo

    Women can do better always. Being a woman is not an acceptable reason to change your goals because your goals are more likely like goals of men. It’s already 2017, and we are in the generation where people accepts equality.

  39. Hannah Mayers

    A cliche as it might sound, but change is the only permanent thing in the world! Gone are the days when women are seen as “weaker sex.” Women just need to believe! With proper network and guidance, I’m certain we can do it as much (or even better) than men!

  40. Courtney Watson

    I believe it’s just a matter of working hard and giving full dedication. It’s all about keeping a clear goal in mind and working hard towards it! In this day and age, I think there’s no such thing as a woman (or a man’s world), anybody can achieve and be the best in whatever chosen field. Everything is possible and achievable. Just believe and work!

  41. The idea that men are more interested in certain fields doesn't explain away the lack of women CEOs. Even in fields that are typically associated with female interest, such as fashion, male CEOs are more common. These tips are a great way for women to make it in their career of choice!

  42. In this day and age, it possible to achieve anything we desire.With hard work, dedication and faith. Woman are naturally strong mentally and I believe are more intelligent. Although we tend to be a little more emotional than man, we stand our ground and fight for what we believe in. One aspect I want to take from this article is the power of networking. Who we know affects our career tremendously. Connecting with other influential and powerful women you admire can help you increase your knowledge of the organization as well getting a mentor. I enjoyed this article. We as woman can change people's perception !

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