April 19, 2012
By Brooke Self |Ranger Reporter
THE TERM “gender equity” can be defined in numerous ways, but every definition has one thing in common: they all, in one way or another, have something to do with equality of the sexes.
It once was a significant issue in America. Women were meant to stay home with the children, doing housework, and men were destined to work outside the home for most of their lives. In modern times, has the imbalance in male-female ratios in the workforce leveled out?
According to numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall male-female ratio in the workforce nationwide is fairly balanced. Forty-seven percent of all employees in the United States are women, according to a report released last month.
While the overall employment ratios are almost balanced, some fields have been socially classified as pink-collar, or female-dominated, and other professions are considered to be “men’s work.”
Statistics from the Women in Male-Dominated Industries and Occupations in the U.S. and Canada Catalyst released earlier this year show that only 32 percent of physicians and surgeons and 6 percent of mechanical engineers are female. On the other hand, women make up for 86 percent of all paralegals and legal assistants, 95 percent of all dietitians and 91.1 percent of all registered nurses.
Other female-dominated fields include secretaries and administrative assistants, childcare workers, receptionists and information clerks, teacher assistants and bookkeepers, accounting and auditing clerks. Top male-dominated fields include brick/stone masons, logging workers, tool and die makers, structural iron and steel workers and crane and tower operators. According to statistics, more than 98 percent of workers in each of those fields are male.
Because of those numbers, Amarillo College’s Susie Wheeler is in her third year of working on securing Perkins grants for the school. Perkins grants are federal funds provided Read more [...]