Five Occupations Held by Women That Were Once Dominated by Men

In the past, male domination restricted and limited women from the freedom of doing plenty of things such as working in a profession they desire or handling their own money. As women, we weren’t allowed to earn more than men, and were preferred to stay home, raise the children and do household chores.

Throughout the past few decades, women have become a lot more independent as many have started standing up for their rights, speaking up, and influencing other women to do the same. Today, women are free to work full-time jobs in high-paying professions, and to enroll in university courses of their choice. In addition, occupations which were mostly held by women in the past, such as nursing, teaching, social work, and much more, are now held by men, and occupations which were dominated by men in the past, are held by a vast percentage of women today.

We cover the statistics of five past male-dominated professions which many women now work in.

Senior Positions and Business Owners

Now more than ever, female entrepreneurship is encouraged and influenced by many other female entrepreneurs. More women are being empowered and mentored on how to run and fund their own business. Women are also encouraged to work towards holding senior positions which are known to be only held by men. Many say that women who are in senior positions are not taken as seriously as men who are in senior positions, which can be pretty discouraging to some.

According to statistics, close to 90% of businesses worldwide have at least one female who holds a senior managerial position. In 2021, America’s 500 highest-grossing companies saw an increase of females being employed in senior positions. As of 2022, 74 female CEOs have been employed at these companies. Some of the biggest companies in the U.S are run by female CEO’s such as YouTube’s CEO, Susan Wojcicki, In-N-Out Burger’s CEO, Lynsi Synder, General Motors CEO, Marry Barra, Heineken USA’s CEO, Maggie Timoney, and much more.

Finance Industry

As the breadwinner of the family decades ago, men were always in charge of finances. Because of this, positions in the financial departments were always held by men. In 2019, a study found that six out of 107 of the U.S.’s largest public financial institutions were led by female CEOs! As of 2021, female representation in financial services above entry-level has shown an increase since 2018. More statistics show that over 50% of American women are financial managers, 61% are accountants and auditors, close to 40% are financial analysts, and 12.5% are CFOs (Chief Financial Officers).

STEM Industry (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

The STEM industry is another field which more women are being encouraged and influenced to join. Beginning in the 1800’s there are a few women who are famously known for their contribution towards STEM, such as Marie Curie, Katherine Johnson, Rosaland Franklin, and Ada Lovelace, amongst many others.

In 2019, statistics show that women made up 12% of STEM employees in the workforce, with 2021 showing a dramatic increase of over 30% of STEM employees in the workforce. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2021, nearly 13 million females hold STEM roles. It is also more likely for small businesses and startups to hire female engineers for projects. However, popular tech companies such as Apple showed 23% of women in their technical team and Google showed 32% in 2020.

Law Industry

The legal profession goes way back in having males as the majority. Back in the ‘60s, women only made up 3% of the legal profession and were often turned down at law firms, despite their degrees and excellent results. The well-known former associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Ruth Bader Ginsurg, was one out of nine women in a class of 500 men at Harvard Law School in the ‘50s but was one of their top performing students. She was also one of the many females who were rejected by law firms after graduating, despite her results.

Since 1990, over 60% of women have entered the profession. Statistics showed that since 2017, there’s been more women practicing law than men. In 2019, just over 50% of women graduated from law school and 55% enrolled in law school in 2020. Data released by the American Bar Association in 2018 showed that women outnumbered men in law schools three years in a row.


Women in politics have shown a gradual increase throughout the past few decades as more women started forming activist groups for their rights. 1933 showed the first woman to serve in the cabinet and 1984 showed the first woman, Geraldine Ferraro, to be nominated for vice president. In 2016, the U.S showed the first woman to run for president, Hillary Clinton, who lost the votes against Donald Trump. More recently, in 2020, the U.S. elected the first woman to serve as vice president, Kamala Harris.

The UN reported that 10 countries have a woman as Head of State and 13 countries have a woman as Head of Government.

As women, we have certainly progressed in independence and we continue to rise without being discouraged by male domination in certain professions. Go for what you want and do it fiercely!