The Women’s Movement, which has been going full on since the 1970’s, has had a major impact on our culture, in ways obvious and also subtle. Whereas in the 1950s’ it was rare to see women working in professional roles beyond education and nursing, today women are a force in the practice of law as well as in medicine, architecture, literature, design and beyond. All of this has made positive changes in the way people work and behave, as women are demanding more and more integrity and respect in the workforce. Ultimately, all of this is good for everyone in every profession.
The Fashion Aspect
Women’s increasing influence in the workforce is having an impact in other ways as well, as we are seeing the workplace make adjustments to the needs and desires of women. Where doctors and clinicians once were satisfied with wearing industrial style lab coats to cover their clothing, today women are demanding good-looking, fashionably
tailored lab coats at work. As far as female medical workers are concerned, the workplace is a place for work, but it’s also a place where women are seen, and the fact is that women want to look good, and why not?
Even as women are making a major impact in the workplace, there is obviously much more work to be done. There’s no question that the #Metoo movement arrived just in time to shake up any complacency about how women were being treated at work. Though the larger culture was applauding itself for the strides women had been taking, the reality of sexual harassment at work broke through again as #Metoo became an undeniable reality. The fact is that there is much work to be done as far as fair and equal treatment for women in society. The hope is that now progress really can come through.