Essay on Occupational Inequality Among Men And Women
Imagine being a woman in 1972 and trying to enter the workforce. In those days, women were (stereo) typically secretaries, nurses, teachers, and in other such jobs where the primary focus was taking care of sick children and injured adults. According to the data given on table 11.1, very few women worked in what were considered “men’s fields.” These fields consisted of civil engineers, auto mobile and mechanical, and dentistry field. In contrast, women tended to work as registered nurses, kindergarten and preschool teachers. Over the past 30 years, more women have migrated into what were once considered men’s jobs, but for most fields, these numbers are still statistically low.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 1972 the vast majority of women worked as nurses and the least amount of women worked as mechanics. Between 1972 and 2003, there was an increase of women pursuing a variety of jobs that were predominantly seen as male positions; however, women have only demonstrated substantial growth in some fields, whereas in other fields only slight growth has occurred.
When looking at the data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 1972 only 1.9% of women worked in the dentistry field compared to 98.1% of men. Women working in this field increased 21.8% from 1972 to 2003. However, the men within the dentistry field continue to significantly outweigh the female counterparts. For example, when comparing the…