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Great Career Paths for Women

If you can dream it, you can achieve it.

Just a few decades have passed since women were expected to get married and stay home with her children and tend to the house. In the 1950s, only 34 percent of the workforce was women. Women did not go to work, and despite any ambition to do so, it was societally expected that they would be the caregivers, child rearers, and homemakers.

Much has changed in the last 50 years. Gone are the days of working conditions of Mad Men-like attitudes towards women in the workplace. Girls now grow up thinking they can pursue a career in any field they desire. Rather than relying on a spouse to provide for their wellbeing, girls are now dreaming of being everything from veterinarians to military professionals.

The Medical Field

One such field that has experienced a transformation of workforce is the medical industry. Today, 80 percent of the medical field professionals are women. Becoming a pediatric dentist, for instance, is one of many rewarding choices that helps encourage proper dental hygiene at a young age and can be profoundly important to an individual’s health prospects. Going to a dentist can be a scary experience for a child, especially with all those intimidating X-ray machines, pointy, shiny tools, and people wearing medical masks. Teaching kids proper dental health can help ward off harmful cavities and improve heart health by ridding their mouth of gingivitis.

If you love helping kids but not a fan of teeth, becoming a pediatric surgeon is a rewarding avenue. These doctors strive to improve diseases and conditions such as heart issues and birth defects, aid in cancer research, surgery, and organ transplants. Such doctors spend years completing their training and residency to help children, teens, and babies (including in utero) live the best quality of life.

The Law

If the law is your thing, you can channel your debate champion to become a super woman super lawyer. The legal field holds many rewarding career paths including becoming a lawyer, a paralegal, or a judge. Criminal defense attorney Gloria Allred, who was the attorney to Amber Frey during the Scott Peterson trial, first made her way into the law world when she represented a woman in a discrimination case in the 1970s. Her client was told due to her being a woman she couldn’t work at an all-male club in California. She often makes appearances on television to discuss cases and legal issues and has won countless awards for her fight against the discrimination of women. Allred’s daughter Lisa Bloom has fought for high powered celebrity clients such as Kathy Griffin, Mischa Barton, and Blac Chyna. After graduating from Yale, she opened and managed her own firm in Los Angeles.

The Military

Women have aided in war for as long back as men have been fighting. Even in the American Revolutionary War and the Civil War, women aided as nurses and cooks. In fact the first woman to have ever gotten the Medal of Honor was Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, who was a surgeon during the Civil War, became a prisoner of war on the Confederate side, and then openly spoke out for women’s rights. When her medal was in jeopardy of being taken because of her gender, she made a statement by answering the door to her home with shotgun in hand, refusing to give it over. In 1977 President Jimmy Carter reinstated her medal because of her volunteer work during the war and fighting for equality. Women such as Walker paved the way for modern day servicewomen who today fight equally alongside men.

In 2008, for the first time ever, a woman became a four star general by the United States Army. If you wish to protect and serve without entering the armed forces, you can join the many women in the police departments around the nation. Women are beneficial for many reasons, some being due to approaches in the field and community. In one such study, women used less force when taking down a perpetrator, not only saving millions of tax dollars, but reducing the need for excessive force which could cause disastrous results on both sides. Using social skills and diplomacy works better to talk down those who are involved in situations that could end in violence such has domestic disputes and public altercations. 

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