I constantly hear that the lack of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) is a huge problem that we must work to overcome. To a large degree, I support this view, but I always wonder if these rabid proponents think that it works both ways. Should we also be trying to increase the number of males in traditionally female-dominated professions, like Nursing?
Look at the facts_ Nurses are in high demand and well-compensated, with median salaries around 45k, and specialists making much more than that. The lack of males in the field can, in large part, be attributed to societal pressures that say what jobs a man can and cannot do. This closely mirrors the situation with females in STEM fields. So where are the male-only recruiting scholarships in Nursing? Shouldn't we be trying to break gender barriers in both directions?
I'm sure that this post is going to get me labeled misogynistic by some people, but I'm genuinely curious to hear responses.