My niece graduated in Architecture last year, landed THE job she wanted with an international firm - it was the only interview she bothered to do. She graduated at the top of her class. Last year was the first year that American universities graduated more women than men in Architecture. Granted one can get away with a bit more "artsy-fartsy" dress when in architecture, but I wonder how that plays when you wind up traveling overseas. Or do you wind up not traveling overseas- doing the work at your desk - while your contemporary cohort "Jack" travels overseas in his decent attempt at an actual business suit. This should be interesting to watch it play out.
On the other hand a couple of things have changed - for the better. I recently had to explain sexual discrimination to her 17 year old brother who will be a senior next year at a STEM academy that is being observed by educators on a national level. He truly had no concept of what was meant by "sexual discrimination" in the workplace. He also told me that the students in his school police themselves with regards to "bullying" - the students do not allow it. Of course the school is a conglomeration of "Big Bang Theory" types of personalities so that helps.
As for my niece, she dated her male counterpart during her second year of university - the two of them constantly vied for top honors in their architecture classes. When I heard this, I asked my best friend, a civil engineer, how long she would give the relationship...we both chuckled "two months" at the same time. Sure enough, at the end of two months he announced that the relationship just could not work as he was not able to deal with her ability to out perform him at times.
So things are getting better. Thirty years ago when my friend and I were at university, he would have simply shown up at a party my niece was scheduled to be at - with another girl to announce the breakup. So there is some improvement.
Now, if we can just address the clothing issue.