Through the eyes of modern America, it is difficult to imagine a time when women were unable to hold the same jobs as men. Women have come far in most current industries and professionals. Though communications specialists and career planning experts are saying that women are still undervalued and underpaid in many workplace environments, particularly in nontraditional female jobs.
We still strive to tackle gender stereotypes and achieve true gender equality in the workforce.
Today, women are everything from mail carriers and maintenance workers to CEOs in the auto industry. One woman in particular, Majorie Perry, has been influencing women and minorities to strive for success and expect nothing less. Perry is the President and CEO of MZM Construction and Management Company, Inc. In her spare time, she helps train and inspire women and minorities to be successful through a number of live training seminars and blog posts on her website. She is a leader and an inspiration in public speaking and leadership, as well as an innovator in the gender equality movement. Perry says in one of her speeches, “Greatness means demanding excellence in every facet of your life and work.”
Following Perry’s lead, The Huffington Post has an intriguing series of stories following women construction workers through their experiences – check out what’s trending with Women Construction Workers.
Another nontraditional female that many may recognize is Ellen O’Neal. Ellen brought attention to skateboarding sport in the 1975 TV show Wonder Woman. Today she is called the “godmother” of pro skateboarding. Since Ellen, many women have joined the professional world of skateboarding and many more have been inspired to take on other male dominated sports.
Lastly, for a little added inspiration, there is Rosie. Many people know the image of “Rosie the Riveter”, an image used to depict female workers during WWII that transformed into an image that stands for feminism and gender equality in modern America. She has inspired a movement, individual growth, and even youth groups. Many women even display Norman Rockwell’s “Rosie the Riveter” in their office or workplace to symbolize all that they have accomplished. Rosie stands for the unconventional women.
From professional sports players to the average highway worker, women are tackling new territory every day in terms of the careers. If you are interested in becoming one of these unconventional female workers, pushing forward, there are a number of programs you can get involved-in to help pave your way. Organizations such as WINTER Women in NonTraditional Employment Roles have been working to provide valuable resources to get young women started on their journeys to success. Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) is another program that helps women achieve their blue-collar dreams and shows the world that a woman can be anything that she wants to be.
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Morgan Schmidt is a Communications volunteer out of Wisconsin. She is a student at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater studying Management with an emphasis in Communications and a minor in Professional Writing and Publishing. She spends her summers outside doing anything she possibly can to soak-up the sun and her winters are spent studying, working, shoveling snow, and spending time with her family. Morgan plans to relocate away from WI weather and improve her professional experience once she graduates.