Consider the view that some careers are better suited to one gender than the other

YES: The circumstances, demands and roles of some careers may be better suited to the inherent attributes or attributes perceived to be present in one gender over the other.

  1. The physical and biological demands of some careers may remain despite technological advances, ensuring that members of one gender would perform better than the other in them. 
  2. Some careers may subject unfair demands on the time and emotional well-being of members from one gender much more than the other, making these careers more suitable for members from the latter gender.
  3. Careers in some fields may have been conditioned by established societal norms and customs to be more favorable to members of one gender over the other, making it preferable for members of the favored gender to undertake these careers. 

NO: The circumstances, demands and roles of some careers have been shaped by societal misperceptions and biases that merely make them appear suitable to one gender over another. In reality, members of both genders are equally apt in being successful within these careers, provided society reduces or eliminates such societal misperceptions and biases.   

  1. The physical and biological demands previously associated with some careers may be alleviated with ever-improving levels of technology, placing members from both genders at an increasingly equal footing in entering and succeeding in these careers.

  2. The work cultures of some gender-biased careers can be adapted to be less discriminatory to members of the less-favored gender, ensuring that both genders have equal opportunities to excel in them.    

  3. Proper socialization can be undertaken to change and direct societal norms and customs towards equal treatment and respect for both women and men in careers which presently favor one gender over another, thereby enabling members from both genders to enter these fields with neither inhibitions nor limitations.