Despite efforts toward gender equality in the workforce, some industries remain male-dominated. For instance, jobs in finance, technology or manufacturing have traditionally been associated with men leading the way. While women have made tremendous advances in these and other male-dominated industries, there are still plenty of challenges they often face.
Gender bias in male-dominated industries can hinder women’s career advancement in these fields. Women can find it challenging to enter or succeed in places where they are considered lesser than others due to the following:
- Hiring bias: Employers may be more likely to hire men than women for certain occupations. This is so even if the women are equally qualified.
- Pay inequity: Women may receive less pay than their male counterparts for doing the same work.
- Lack of advancement opportunities: Women do not receive promotions for leadership positions.
- Hostile work environment: Women may face harassment or discrimination on the job. Thus, making it difficult for them to work effectively or advance in their careers.
- Lack of diversity and inclusion: Certain industries may lack diversity in leadership positions. This can perpetuate gender bias and limit opportunities for women.
Women experience discrimination in these male-dominated fields, whether in the blue-collar or white-collar sectors, making it hard to attain career advancement.
The gender bias and discrimination that hold women back must end. Women have the right to pursue careers in any field they choose, including male-dominated industries. It is important for women to be aware of their rights and to speak up if they experience workplace discrimination or bias.