I am majoring in animal science with an equine emphasis, and hope to eventually become a veterinarian, veterinary technician, or a zookeeper. I looked these three jobs up on google and here is what I found:
As you can see, out of the first 17 pictures that come up for veterinarians, 12 of them are of women, 4 of them are of men, and one of them has a woman and a man in it.
Out of the first 18 image results for veterinary technicians, 13 of them were of women, the remaining 8 are of women and men working together.
In these results, there were 19 images total. 4 of them were of the movie “ZooKeeper”, in wich the main character is a male zookeeper. 3 of the images were animated pictures of a male zookeeper. 9 of the images were of actual male zookeepers, one being an image of a zookeeper costume for a little boy. And, only three of the images are of women.
From the search results I obtained, it is clear to me that society places being a veterinarian and a veterinary technician as more of a woman’s job, and being a zookeeper as more of a man’s job. Of course it would be ideal that all three results have an equal share of women and men in the images but that is clearly not the case. In high school, I interned at the National Zoo as a keeper aide, and the majority of the zookeepers I worked with were women, so I was surprised to see that the search results for a zookeeper was mostly images of men. I also volunteered at a veterinary clinic, and all the veterinarians and veterinary technicians there were women, so the search results for those two jobs did not surprise me at all. I think that this has a huge impact on gender inequality. This is most important for children. It is pretty common for children in this day in age grow up with access to the internet, movies and TV. Children are also very easily impressed. So, if a young boy who has the hopes of becoming a veterinarian looks it up on google and sees that almost all the results are images of women, he might be discouraged and think about doing something else with his life. This could also happen with a young girl who wants to become a zookeeper.
I took this quiz about inequality in the workplace, and according to its sources, as a young hispanic woman with some college experience, I would earn about $20, 356 for every $23,058 dollars that a young hispanic man with some college experience would make. This is absolutely crazy and very sad. In regards with the job that I hope to have one day, I did some research and found an article posted by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) titled “The gender gap: Why do female veterinarians earn less than male veterinarians?”, by Katie Burns and Malinda Larkin. This article stated that in private practice, female veterinarians earned an average of 88K while male veterinarians earned an average of about 111K a year in 2011. The article provides insight on many factors that could be causing this pay gap. Even so, this still should not be occurring, especially with such a huge pay gap.
All of this definitely opened my eyes to things I only had heard about before hand. I am surprised that there is such a huge pay gap in men and women veterinarians, and it will only take time for it to close.