Women: Striving For Too Little?

20 Nov

Upon reviewing the LA Times I ran across an article that I found particularly interesting. It relates to career choices in children verses what they actually grow up to become. Many children grow up with hopes and dreams of becoming doctors, lawyers and police officers. Or so you would think… Studies have shown that now, only little boys have aspirations to do these jobs. The highest ranked job little girls want to pursue now is a teacher. Now there is nothing wrong with being a teacher. But looking at the larger picture here, little girls are growing up and being excluded from these previously stereotypical “men’s jobs.” Growing up I always had the idea that I could do ANYTHING I wanted to do, without limitations. But now, due to the lack of female representations in these high powered jobs, those dreams have slowly slipped away from the younger generations. Little girls now have dreams to become fashion designers and mermaids, instead of doctors and engineers. This is a huge problem. Instead of young women wanting to hold the top positions of power, it looks like we now are willing to settle for simply being the secretary for the boss.

Women still occupy a very small percentage of high powered jobs. And continuing at this rate, women will never have a full chance at being on the same level economically, as men. Recent studies have shown,

“Women are a long way from cracking the state’s glass ceiling, since the percentage of female leaders at the 400 largest public companies headquartered in California –- which together represent nearly $3 trillion in shareholder value — is growing just 0.2% a year, according to a new report.”

This is heartbreaking considering everything the women in our past fought to achieve. At this rate women will never be seen as equals to men!

So what do we do? It first starts at home. We need to educate our youth in the wide variety of career choices that are available today. Instead of sticking to the well known careers like doctors and lawyers, let’s teach out kids that they can be welders, and computer software technicians, instead of giving them this narrow minded idea that they can only be happy and financially stable in one particular field. Also it’s been stated that many people have issues with female bosses, females in particular (27% say that they would rather have a male boss), lets drop that catty mind set and realize that business is business. A woman or man is going to tell you how to do your job in a way that is best for the company. It is not a personal vendetta against you, your boss isn’t being a bitch because she’s on her period, she’s just doing her job and it needs to be regarded as such. Because if a man gave the exact same orders, I am sure there would be no problem.

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