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Blurring the Gender Line in the Workplace

RobertCordrayBefore the mid-twentieth century, the inclusion of women in the workforce was limited to rudimentary jobs that stereotypically depict women has house cleaners, secretaries, nurses, or roles that are otherwise secondary to the primary roles being held by men. Times have indeed changed and those lines are being blurred. Many jobs that even by today’s standards are generally taken up by men are now being tackled, with great vigor, by women.


In an industry that focuses primarily on the benefits of being a man, the face of the military is changing drastically. Many women are finding the opportunities that serving in the military provides to be an asset to their education and experience. This influx has opened many new career opportunities to women that were otherwise unavailable to them not even 20 years ago. While it isn’t likely that we’ll be seeing women carrying a rifle for a Special Operations Unit in the near future, they do over many support roles that are performed dangerously close to combat.

Marketing Managers

Stereotypically, when people think of marketing managers, they will think of men that are likely to resemble that of the hit television show Mad Men. With the cocky and arrogant swagger of advertising and media giants as their role model, many women have found that adding a feminine touch to the industry is what is needed. Businesses have responded with positive results as there are many women that are now filling the role as advertising executives and marketing managers. It’s this image of the strong and independent female that many companies are looking to employ as their leaders in the new millennium and leaving those mad men images long behind them.


While a great deal of women executives move on to become the “boss lady” of the company, this role is still primarily filled by men. Where women excel in becoming the boss is that they take the reins on their own. They go head-to-head with their male counterparts as not only chief executive officers but as business owners themselves. The industries and businesses in which these women become the owners of are vast and depend on their personal training. Many simply find a niche market in an industry that they have experience in. Others will find themselves sparking their entrepreneurial spirit and developing a business from the ground up in an area that shows a demand for such things. No matter which role she takes on, it is sure to turn heads when the boss lady walks down the halls.

Information Systems Management

If there was ever an industry that has opened itself up to women, it’s those dealing with information systems. The reason for this is uncanny as working with information systems doesn’t require attributes or skills that are typically dominate in either gender. This allows for the role to be fulfilled by generally whoever fits the need. In earlier years, working with computers was extremely scientific and quite a logical process. These were two traits that were often considered uncommon among women. This stereotype has quickly been busted as more and more women become interested in computer information science and exceedingly excel in the field.

Software Developer

Along the same lines as working in the information systems management field, many women are finding software development as place to work. This especially holds true in the UX design and application development realms. Software design and development requires greater threshold for repetitive work which is part of what makes this type of work ideal for women to fulfill. Typically, women have the capabilities to be able to work with these kinds of conditions. User experience design also requires a great deal of creativity and innovative thinking. This is another character trait that women tend to carry well. Where software development was once a male dominated job, it is proving to be an ideal outlet for women to do well in.

There are several jobs that are typically dominated by men and the ones listed are surely only a short example. Overall, the number of women in the workforce has gradually increased over the decades and will continue to do so.

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Posted by Robert Cordray on April 3rd, 2014 in Career, New Directions | 0 comments Read related posts in , , , , , ,

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