Do Any Women Work at the Dirty, Difficult and Dangerous Jobs that Men Do? Any Women At All?

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Coal mining is a dirty, difficult and dangerous job. Miners are six times more likely to die from a work related injury than the national average

There seems to be some confusion as to what a “Dirty, Difficult and Dangerous job” is—obviously from people who don’t work at such jobs.

The DDD jobs require hard physical labor in an unpleasant, dangerous environment, like being suspended 1000s of feet in the air or stuck miles underground in an airless tunnel. The conditions are often torturous, like roasting heat or frigid cold. The job itself, the equipment and/or environment is so hazardous there are routine worker injuries or deaths.

The DDD jobs aren’t in offices, beauty salons, at the mall, restaurants, or other climate controlled environments where the most dangerous piece of equipment is the cash register.

These are roughnecks on an oil driller. I dare anyone to find one photo of a woman doing exactly what these men are doing. I don’t mean her working in an air-conditioned trailer near the drill. I mean working THE drill. (I also don’t mean posing naked at the drill. I’ve seen that photo.)

Women are 52% of the population. If they were holding their own—like feminists claim they can—we would see equal numbers of men and women working at the DDD jobs. We don’t.

Discrimination based on gender is illegal in the U.S. If a woman applies to work as a

logger or iron worker, and is even semi-qualified  has a pulse, the company must hire her. Women aren’t working at the DDD jobs because they are being “discriminated against.”

Women don’t work at these jobs because they aren’t applying for them.  

I used U.S. Bureau of Labor Stats and Census 2010 stats to see the jobs women are working at, but it’s still hard to know exactly what women are doing.

Photo of actual female coal miner

When you take a closer look, you discover women aren’t doing the jobs they are counted as doing. Case in point:  often when women work in a coal mine, they aren’t mining at the coal face. They operate the shuttle cars. Even counting these types of “coal miners,” women make up less than 1% of that work force.

99% of coal miners are men.*

When it came to garbage collection, it was hard to find out how many women picked up cans to empty them into the truck. It seems that women were driving the trucks, not physically picking up trash.  Even counting this, women make up less than 1% of total garbage collectors.

99% of garbage collectors are men.*

100% of deep sea fishermen are men.

100% of electrical power line installers are men.

100% of roughnecks (work the oil drill) are men.

Don’t see any women doing this scary, dangerous job


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