I had a learning session this week based on gender inequality in the profession in Kenya and Bangladesh and it got me thinking about some of the issues present in the UK.
In Kenya and Bangladesh, female vets often face adversity and the general opinion that they are not competent enough to carry out veterinary services, which has traditionally been a man’s job. Here, we are a developed nation where there are no limits on the things women and men can do, but I have still experienced adverse opinions on my career choice due to the fact I am 5ft2″ tall girl.
In the UK the large majority of vet students are now female, and it’s not just here where the proportion is increasing. In the USA it’s estimated 79% are female compared to less than 5% in the 1960s! So, to be blunt, the people with these opinions had better get used to it.