Your logic is faulty.
Elisa Mariño

What do you mean my logic is faulty? I was asking a question, not posing an argument. I utilized statistics as the basis for my question because I saw through those statistics areas where women have made incredible strides and inroads to bring equality to pay and representation, but other occupations where not only have there been close to zero inroads, but zero cries regarding equal pay. Thus my question: why is there near zero outcry regarding occupations like sanitation, airline mechanics and behind the scenes work (unlike flight attendants where women tend to outnumber men), yet there is so much activism behind occupations in fields like IT? You are right, however, that people choose occupations based on interest, and other factors based on society, interests, and upbringing by socialization agents like parents and family, schools, and even media influences like television shows and movies (both in subject matter and just their favorite movie and television actresses) — even sports like like soccer and basketball where they get to see their favorite players scoring and winning, yet not making what their male counterparts make. These social factors do play roles in where women decide to focus their employment attentions (even science where there is a real push for women to join science research and employment by schools and universities). Just on medium alone we see hundreds of articles arguing about the glass ceiling of occupations in things like the IT industry, yet I know of only one female welder. I do know of a second who does it for making artwork, but she doesn’t do it as her occupation, just as a hobby, and isn’t looking to make an inroad into the field — ironically enough, her occupation IS in the IT field.

But despite all of that, I wasn’t posing an argument, I was asking a question looking for answers from women as to why that is. Why aren’t they looking for jobs, demanding access, and equal pay in many of these other male-dominated occupations? Is it because they just hold no interest, haven’t thought about going into them, or does a social shift need to occur so as to open these occupations up to women as viable paths to employment? Are these occupations even worthy of the time and effort for activists because of the sheer non-glamorous nature of the work? There’s no fault in my logic, because I’m not posing an argument. I’m asking a serious question in the hopes of doing two things: learning the answers to those questions, and hopefully helping women to start asking themselves the very same questions: why am I NOT working in one of these fields?