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working in a male dominated field?

Discussion in 'Girl Stuff Forum' started by [SQUARE], Apr 21, 2010.

  1. [SQUARE]

    [SQUARE] TRIBE Member

    How many of you tribe ladies are either working in a male dominated field or are in a school program that is primarily males??

    I am about one year into an electrical apprenticeship right now and am almost done my 8 week level one electrical program. Basically the company I work for is all guys as is my program.

    What are your experiences? Do you enjoy the manly testosterone filled environment or does it drive you crazy? Have you had trouble achieving your professional goal?

    Some days it drives me crazy as I really don't want to hear any more about porn, beer, strippers or video games. Other days I can't stop laughing at the awesome conversations I can have with my coworkers.
  2. NemIsis

    NemIsis TRIBE Member

    Paging MissBlu ;)
  3. DeepSix

    DeepSix TRIBE Promoter

    I work in pretty much the opposite situation - so I get to hear about weddings, babies, shoes, and hair products.

    One day I told my co-workers (99% female) that I was ovulating, just to fit in.
  4. rhyss

    rhyss TRIBE Member

    I am trained as an Interior Designer, but I am the Manager of Store Development for a large Canadian Retail Company. I deal with contractors, warehouse people and construction sales people all day long.

    I don't know what I would do if I had too work with more women. The women that I work with are just like me (not to girlie). I think that the guys have a harder time dealing with us ladies. They are always apologizing for swearing or being "inappropriate". Its taken them a bit to get used to me.

    I wouldn't change it for the world.
  5. sugar

    sugar TRIBE Member

    My career is in marketing, but I have worked in two very male-dominated industries: engineering/manufacturing/construction, and accounting/corporate finance. It often feels like an old boys' club.
  6. rubytuesday

    rubytuesday TRIBE Member

    My field is male dominated, it's not palpable the way it is in more hands-on industries but it's there.
    I'm lucky because my professor is very supportive of me and I've never noticed any sexism on his part, he pushes me and expects me to be able to do the things men are assumed to be better at (programming, stats).
    When you look at the gender distribution of full-time faculty there is a big gender gap but I haven't felt blocked out (yet). I get to see Phil Rushton all the time which is a great reminder that I'm in an institution dominated by old white men. Most of the old white men are quite nice to me though.
  7. KillaLadY

    KillaLadY TRIBE Member

    I have been in a male-dominated environment all my life... the courses I studied in school and the work I chose to do isn't too popular with women (IT).

    I wouldn't change it for the world either - I am not a typical girlie girl, I have more guy friends than girl friends and the topics of my discussion include UFC, IT, airplanes, cars, poker, etc etc which many girls don't enjoy and that's okay by me, because of the topics women talk about bore me to death. lol
    I really don't mind it and if I get annoyed by too much testosterone, I always have the option not to listen. :)

    The real estate I do on the side has women, but I barely spend time in the office, so...
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2010
  8. [SQUARE]

    [SQUARE] TRIBE Member

    Sounds similar to my situation. While usually the guys are happy to at least have one woman to talk to during their day, it makes them nervous as they don't fully know how to act. It takes them a while to realize that it won't offend me if they swear, burp or talk about women. As long as I sense they respect me then I'm ok with them or whatever they have to say.

    As Killalady said, if I don't want to hear it then I have the option of not listening. If I'm working on a house sometimes its nice to find a quiet room to work on to avoid bullshit.
  9. Chris

    Chris Well-Known TRIBEr

    well, Ive largely worked in environments dominated by women, and I can say although as much as I gripe and grime, and play up the guy role in the office. It has been by far an amazing experience.
  10. Chris

    Chris Well-Known TRIBEr

  11. Wiseman

    Wiseman TRIBE Member

    I thought it was only women who worked in the fields.
  12. Sal De Ban

    Sal De Ban TRIBE Member

    i think 50% of our 'crew' (if not more) is gay dudes, then 30% women, followed by 20% straight males. i know i fit into one of those categories....
  13. LeoGirl

    LeoGirl TRIBE Member

    I'm considering becoming a plumber so that I can bring back 'plumbers butt' with a whole new edge.
  14. LeoGirl

    LeoGirl TRIBE Member

    .... not so sure. :p
  15. sk8

    sk8 TRIBE Member

    Mine's kinda like Ruby - it's there, but not overly obvious. It's more that there are lots of women in the office but the more science-based jobs (bio, ecologist, tech) are male-dominated and the people-based jobs (stewardship, planning, clerk) are female-dominated. I'm a science-based job, so I work mainly with men. Because of my current place of work I meet a lot of hunters, trappers, anglers and their groups which tend to be very "old boys" clubby and not always open to something a 30-something year old girl has to say.

    I've been doing it long enough to trust myself that I know what I'm talking about, even though sometimes I feel like they want to pat me on my head and send me to the kitchen (I'm talking about the old northern hunter guys, not my coworkers).

    As for hanging out with coworkers - they realize quickly they can't offend me and that I have a lot of the same interests as them (hockey, movies where shit blows up) and pretty soon I'm just one of the boys. I think going up north to the hockey tournament really cemented this as I kept up with them and consumed much beer (and got them free beer - boobs do have an advantage!). It helps that most girls in this field aren't overly "girly" so there's kind of an assumption that you aren't unless you prove otherwise.
  16. Sal De Ban

    Sal De Ban TRIBE Member

    yeh most plumber's dont have a thong stickin out of their coveralls...lol :D
  17. MissBlu

    MissBlu TRIBE Member

    i work for one of the biggest general contractors in Canada, and have been in the construction industry for ten years. i'm only 28, so it's all i know.

    i've had all kinds of experiences, some absolutely horrible, some terrific, some normal, some upsetting times, some disgusting, some funny, it's really all over the place.

    i'm finding that as i become older and more confident in myself that it gets easier. i think that's probably the same in any career though. i've had people not take me seriously because i am young and a chick, but i've had the flipside where i have worked with amazing PM's and foreman who have done nothing but the best of work for me.

    i prefer to be on site, with the crews - i find it easier, that i learn more, and that there is less stress then being in the office. i would much rather be stressing about schedule, money, crews, and the weather then when i am in the office and i hear the admin staff making fun of peoples hair and clothes for the day (this makes me sad.)

    i've been to some industry events geared specifically towards women and its great that more are getting into it - and i think its a great thing.

    i'm a bit of a girly girl here and there, but definitely prefer jeans to stupid dress pants and worrying about make-up.

    i still think about ditching the management side and going to trade school or becoming an ice trucker, but the money is good, and i do get some awesome benefits - so i always end up staying.
  18. LeoGirl

    LeoGirl TRIBE Member

    dude. I'm totally learning to drive a big rig so I can become an Ice trucker.

    also, the admins in your office must have pretty empty lives. workng in an office type situation over the past 13 or so years has been more highschool politics than highschool I'm prettier than you.
  19. MissBlu

    MissBlu TRIBE Member

    i love lisa. did you see her put those chains on her rig last night? <3

    yeah, they must. its why i smoke alone, i can't stand to hear them make fun of everyone... cuz you know it is everyone when that person is not around.
  20. [SQUARE]

    [SQUARE] TRIBE Member

    I agree about it being easier when you are older. I got into the game pretty late but I'm kinda glad I did. I feel like I would've had a harder time with the industry if I got into it at 18 (I'm 28 also). I have a lot more confidence in myself as I get older and wiser.
  21. LeoGirl

    LeoGirl TRIBE Member

    Sage doesn't like these 'type' of shows, so I haven't seen it with the new chick yet.
  22. Wiseman

    Wiseman TRIBE Member

    Lies. I'll watch Ice Road Truckers. Whatever gave you that idea? It's that fucking Hoarders show or anything with multiple children.

    I liked that show about Crab Fishing "Deadliest Catch" and I manlove "Top Gear" and Ice Road Truckers is basically both put together.
  23. LeoGirl

    LeoGirl TRIBE Member

    ooooh kay. Mr. I hide the remote control so that C-dub can't change the channel.
  24. sk8

    sk8 TRIBE Member

    Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers are two of my favourite shows .... tell me more about this "Top Gear"
  25. Wiseman

    Wiseman TRIBE Member

    Top Gear is technically a car review show from the UK..................but in reality it is the greatest show on television.Imagine 3 dudes who still have the maturity level of a preteen but know cars really well get handed a car show where they can pretty much do whatever they want with a fairly big budget.

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