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Did your peers & family support you to pursue a career not typical for your gender?

Perhaps you decided to be a male nurse or primary school teacher? Perhaps you studied to become a female doctor or engineer, or trained to be a marine? If not you personally, perhaps someone you know. Have you been supported in choosing a career path that is unusual for your gender? Have you supported someone making an unusual choice? How has it worked out?

Asked By: Twilight - 12/1/2007
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My parents always wanted me to get an education so I could be a nurse or a parochial school teacher... More
Answered By: waswisgirl1 - 12/2/2007
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My parents, being from the working class, pushed us kids into fields that were assured to have a living wage. Thus, my sister is a chemist, my brother was a computer programmer, and I am an accountant... More
Answered By: MaryCheneysAccessory - 12/1/2007
 
Back when I was a sophmore in high school, a few of my friends and I decided that we wanted to play football on the high school football team. (This was back in 1986). What we really wanted was a girls' football team, but our school did not have one. (Not many did, back then.) So when we tried, instead, to join the... More
Answered By: TERA - 12/1/2007
 
Well, supported a career I chose not to enter... More
Answered By: Devil's Advocette - 12/1/2007
 
I am a chemist and my parents have supported me every step of the way. Although, I am not really sure how "not typical" the career choice is for women. The lab I work in has photos in the hall of various teams throughout the years, (the company was founded 30+ years ago) there has been an obvious shift. In the 70's the... More
Answered By: Libby anne - 12/1/2007
 
You have told me my words are too dry. You have told me my words are too long. Long words help when you think and look for the truth. Short words help, too. But, long words are not needed to say what you feel. So, for you, I will use small and easy words. And, I will say what I feel. I will not say what I think... More
Answered By: patois - 12/1/2007
 
I don't know that writing is "typical" for any gender, so I do feel free to answer... More
Answered By: herfinator - 12/1/2007
 
I'm self employed. So was my old man. So is my brother. My dad told me working for other people sucks, and the world was full of liars and crooks and smiley phonies that would crap all over you if they got the chance, including the people you'd worked for forty years, so I guess the answer is yes, even if doing what I... More
Answered By: Barking Lunchbox - 12/1/2007
 
I was encouraged to pursue whatever career I wanted, as long as I could survive on it. I would like to become VP of an advertising firm. There are probably more men involved in that.
Answered By: Rio Madeira - 12/1/2007
 
Yes, my peers and family are supporting me in my career choice. I'm a licensed accident/health and life insurance producer specializing in the senior market. My collegues are men. My husband helps me with my career goals. It's doing well so far. I was previously in a male dominated field. I sold flooring for 10... More
Answered By: Jennifer - 12/1/2007
 
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