For many centuries women have been discriminated against in many different ways, but most recently there struggle has come in the workplace. Since the 20th century women have had similar rights to men, though they have been directed towards more feminine professions and lives, such as being a stay at home mom or housewife. But even women that make it in the professional world rarely make it into fields in science such as engineering or physics.

For women, this is a very big problem because they do not have the opportunities that men have in order to get into these fields. One example of this is how children’s science toys are usually branded differently for girls and boys. For boys, science toys and play kits are usually more elaborate and closer to what one may find in an actual lab than those targeted for girls. For girls, science play kits are effeminate and are designed to create your own lipstick or perfume. But this is not where the inequality ends. As girls grow up they continue to see shocking differences between their limited opportunities and the vast opportunities of boys. As Professor Bix explained, most engineering and physics programs across the country are dominated by males causing the entrance to these fields intimidating for women. This means that even if they want to pursue a career in a science, they are prone to feeling uncomfortable and out of place.

Due to societal means women are often directed away from jobs that are perceived as manly jobs. This doesn’t only apply to engineering and physics, but many other jobs. The jobs that are most dominated by men are, in fact, blue collar jobs: plumbing, electricians, mechanics, carpenters and construction. In our society every one plays an equal role and these jobs are just as important as any, but women are not included in them. Women should be able to enter a “blue collar”, manly, hands on workplace in order to receive the same opportunities as men to play a role in our growing society.