If that is possible. It seems the transformation of veterinary medicine to a female dominated profession continues unabated.
I think there are several reasons, and some of which feed on each other. As more women enter a profession, more women are comfortable working in and promoting the work as a viable choice for young people. Plus I would imagine they are making the professional conduct standards, both officially, and in the hotel bars after seminars, more attractive to females as well.
But another powerful factor could be child-bearing, and which professions offer the greatest chance to have a career and family successfully.
And compared to their equally educated counterparts from the early 1990s, these advanced-degree women are much more likely to have borne children. More than a third of women with professional/Ph.D. degrees in 1992-94 decided to remain childless; in 2006-8, less than a quarter of such women made the same choice.From simple anecdotal evidence - which can be misleading, I'll admit - I see more ag support professions like vet medicine being a popular choice for young women. Few of us are surprised by female seed/chemical reps for example, although machinery still seems to be a masculine enclave.
Perhaps this has something to do with Claudia Goldin’s findings that some of the fields that require the most educational investment upfront — like pediatrics, or veterinary medicine — also happen to be fields whose work schedules allow for a healthy work-family balance. High-achieving women who want children may be discovering this, and making their career choices accordingly. [More]
That could change too, along with male bastions like farm management. Ag lending could be slower simply because one of the largest players - Farm Credit - has virtually no female lending officers. Which is curious given the fine line it walks with government linkage.
The more powerful enabling attitude may come from farmers themselves. I know there is a completely different response from Aaron's generation than from geezers like me - even though many of are trying to shed old prejudices.