September 30, 2015
a number that has been steadily rising since 1970. As women continue to pursue professional careers in corporate America in the 21st century, they march forward in the fight for a gender equal nation. Here are five careers helping them do it.
There's no doubt that health has become a major priority for many people in the U.S. in the 21st century, as obesity rates have skyrocketed and men and women become more conscious of their weight and well being. While the typical personal trainer of 10 or 20 years ago might have been a manly man with biceps as big as pythons, there's definitely been a shift in who we trust to get us in shape. Considering that 70 percent of American males are obese compared to 58 percent of women, it's not hard to figure out why.
Real Estate Broker
While the stereotypes of the past might have had women sitting at home all day performing mommy duties, many of them today are losing the homemaker job title and entering the field of real estate. With the country bouncing back from the recession, the housing market is making a comeback and women are leading the way by taking real estate licence course and becoming licensed real estate brokers. And it's not a bad gig, considering the occupation is projected to grow by 11 percent from 2012 to 2022.
Nothing says 21st century more than working on a computer - and women are showing just how well they can navigate both the real and the digital world today. Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton knows just how strong women are performing in this space, assembling a team of female digital strategists to help her in her bid for the White House. In fact, when she hired Stephanie Hannon to be her chief technology officer, she made her the first woman to hold that position on a presidential campaign.
Video Game Designer
Although it's stereotypically thought of as a job for guys who have nothing better to do than to lock themselves in a room obsessing over the latest video games, women are breaking into the industry and making a lot of noise. And even though males still make up about 76 percent of all video game professionals, there are plenty of powerful women in the video game industry who are pushing the envelope. In fact, the number of women in the video game industry has doubled since 2009.
In 1948, when the gap between American men and women in the labor force was 54 percent, no one would have imagined that one out of four companies more than 60 years later would be run by a female CEO. But with perseverance, women continue to prove time and time again that they are just as capable - if not more - at contributing to America's economy by leading its top corporations. Marissa Mayer, Indra Nooyi, Meg Whitman - these are just a few of the women paving the way for future female entrepreneurs.
There's no question women are impacting the workforce and can keep cool like never before. These are just five of the many careers in which they are making a difference in the 21st century.