However much people like to feel that sexism is a thing of the past, it is not, and it is a very real problem that women face everyday. Sexism in science is still rife; with only 9% of professors of science being women in the UK today, I would say that we still have a large mountain to climb before we can be considered equal.
Not only is there sexism in professions but if one is to merely glance at the sheer volume of blog posts, articles and opinions on the internet about how women ‘just want to be led back to the kitchen’, I starts to wander why we even bother.
One only needs to type in sexism in ‘insert any profession or situation possible’ to Google to get millions of results on the matter. Having this in mind it’s not surprising that in a new survey 51% of people said they wouldn’t trust a female pilot to fly the plane they were travelling on.
It is a sorry state of affairs that in today’s society there are still so many obstacles in the way for women to be on a level playing field. The rise in discrimination against women of childbearing age is also on the increase; many women are put in to a difficult situation in which there is the simplified choice of being promoted or having children. I am not saying this is the case for every women, but for many it is a reality.