Women Breaking Barriers: Career Advice from Leading Women in Business, Technology, and Beyond
March is Women’s History Month—a time to reflect on the contributions of women in all fields. For centuries, women’s achievements in science, art, athletics, and other areas often went unrecognized or were attributed to their male contemporaries. There’s one area that highlights how much progress has been made and how much further we have to go: the experiences of female leaders in traditionally male-dominated professions.
Women have always been an important part of the workforce. But there has been a significant shift – arguably a revolution – in the range of employment options that are now open to women, and in the critical positions women now occupy in many fields. In certain areas, like the legal and medical professions, women have made obvious strides, and these professions no longer fit the U.S. Department of Labor’s formal definition of “nontraditional occupations for women.”
There are also large sectors of the economy, including technology and management, which may be perceived as less open to women even though women have slowly but surely gained a solid foothold in these sectors. And there continue to be particular areas of employment – STEM fields, for example – that are the focus of policy initiatives aimed at addressing existing inequalities, and actively encouraging women to consider educational and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
As part of OnlineEducation.com’s commitment to providing practical career advice, investigative reporting on educational trends, and detailed information about online degree programs, we have created a section of features about women across a broad spectrum of careers and professions. Each story includes insights and guidance from leading women in the field. In addition, the section provides full interviews with these professionals wherein they describe their own experiences, challenges for women entering the profession, and opportunities for women who are interested in pursuing a career in cybersecurity, data science, engineering, computer programming, management, finance, and more.