Women are Taking Over in Male Dominated Fields

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Dr. David Arrington at Troy University-Dothan teaches Chemistry and Physical Science.

Through the years, he's seen a change in student demographic.

"Most of the science classes that I teach I would say are predominantly women," said Dr. Arrington.

What once were classes filled with men are quickly filling up with the opposite gender.

In fact, women account for nearly half of science and business graduates today.

“It is nothing to see the female doctor or dentist or whatever you want to look at, they're standing side by side and in some ways they're out front,” said Don Jeffrey, Vice Chancellor for Troy University.

Dr. Jeffrey says even though the same amount of men and women enroll in college women are more than 60 percent more likely to graduate.

Graduation isn't too far for Dru Baxley, a Business major.

She says it's empowering to know women are taking the lead.

“We can take care of ourselves more and sort of be on our own and be able to do all of these things that normally men would be able to take care of," said Baxley.

And she's not the only one.

Heather Defaria is a Science major at the university.

She says, "They're set in these specific roles that women are supposed to go into these different fields, but I think it's a great idea for women to expand their horizon and to create a better future for themselves."

A new point of view that may help reduce a long-standing stigma.

"I think that the barriers that society has in place on are continuing to be broken down and I think for generations coming up that if the opportunities are there then we are going to start to see more people taking advantage of them," said Dr. Arrington.

Dr. Jeffery says Troy University's student body is made up primarily of women.


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