Why dont more women work blue collar jobs?

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    Because they don't apply for them, or they cannot meet the physical requirements of the position.

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    I think lots of women do work blue collar jobs. But they are poorly represented In those jobs. For those that don’t, it’s likely because they aren’t comfortable working with men, or doing what are considered “manly” jobs - which often include operating heavy machinery, heavy lifting, or undesirable activities, such as crawling under houses. The other reason why women don’t work at more of these jobs (if they truly don’t, although plenty work as caregivers and in restaurants, so I am not sure I understand the question), is because of discrimination by employers looking to hire men because there are more men with experience in these jobs, which also makes the situation a cyclic one or catch 22.

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    It may be because there are more men in those jobs so it would be hard for some women because of discrimanation.

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    Cause more women are graduating from college than men

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    Honestly it's just the dynamic of how each gender is built and functions differently.

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    Because society doesn't put that expectation on them.

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    Maybe it’s not their passion. Men or women should work where their passion resides. Maybe educationally we do a piss poor job with community colleges and explaining blue collar jobs. I’m not sure young men want to work these jobs either. Many lay very well. We have a misguided education system ...educating people for things we won’t even need in 10 years and worthless degrees in subjects that won’t matter 10 years down the road .

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    They don't have the opportunity.

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    due to gender inequality cultural preferance

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    It's changing. blue collar jobs had a stigma that ladies do not work in those types of jobs .However , like I said times are changing .

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    Physiological reasons, as well as upbringings.

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    Because they do not desire that type of work

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    They tend not to pay enough on an hourly or salary basis for the intense work and related responsibilities.

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    They go for the big bucks and more self-image recognition. A faster track to the top. They want to be in control of those around them.

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    stereotypes and the way society views women and "appropriate" jobs for a woman

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    Because men are biased

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    I think that long-standing gender stereotypes have been the biggest driver of this. Blue-collar work is often seen as more physically taxing and we as a society go out of our way to paint women as weak or soft. We often infantilize women and conveniently forget that during the height of World War II it was women, not men, working blue collar factory jobs and tending to the infrastructure of this country when they weren't around.

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    Because employer think women aren't strong enough for that type of work, but women are more than capable to do that type of work.

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    They prefer to go to college.

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    Chauvinistic attitude most times. Blue collar jobs seem more interested in brawn - tho I have known women who can do the job better than some of their male counterpart.

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    Blue Collar jobs require certain level of physical strength which are not seen in all the women.

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    Discrimination could be a reason I'm not sure.

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    I am a woman and I have worked blue collar jobs. I think it is the expectations of our society. I think woman and girls should be encouraged to look at these jobs

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    Men and women are different and are inherently better able to perform different kinds of work.

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    I guess its because they're able to find higher paying white collar jobs

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    Because more and more of us are striving to use our formal education to further our career path. #BreakTheGlassCeiling

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    What qualifies as blue collar? And who says they don't?

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    They find other work preferable or they don't feel physically capable.

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    Women apply for these jobs but rarely if ever get hired for them.

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    Tough work environment due to various reasons 1. Male dominated shop floors 2. Shift systems that effect family life 3. Uneven pay structures 4. Physically unable