Badass women breaking through the glass ceiling in male-dominated industries

Dani Golub
Video Producer, Yahoo Lifestyle

Although men make up the majority in certain workspaces, an increasing number of women are entering male-dominated industries and breaking through the glass ceiling, whether it’s in the Army, the air, or the operating room. Yahoo Lifestyle takes a look at 5 inspiring women who are carving their own path and making a difference.

You may know her as Combat Barbie, but Sgt. Rianna Conner is a U.S. Marine, who has been serving her country for more than seven years. She also knows how to serve some serious glam face. When she is not helping defend the U.S., she shows her patriotism (and her sexy side) on Instagram, rocking red-white-and-blue outfits and strutting her stuff in her cowboy boots.


If there is any industry that’s heavily male dominated, it’s aviation. Globally, only less than 6 percent of airline commercial pilots are women, but pilot Lindy Kats did not let that stop her from pursuing her dream. “I do not feel different than my male colleagues,” she tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “We go through the same training and have the same exams. When we get our license, we are equally qualified to fly the plane.”

The 24-year-old flies a Boeing 717 and has racked up more than 1,200 flying hours. When asked if she has ever been discriminated against because she is a female pilot, Kats says, “Occasionally, an old-fashioned passenger is surprised to see a lady pilot, or someone will make a little joke, but I am happy to laugh with them and don’t take any of that personally.” Her Instagram account is definitely enough to make you want to book your next trip.


Cat Begovic, MD, is another one breaking down walls — in this case, as one of the top Beverly Hills board-certified plastic surgeons. Everyone knows TV’s “Botched” doctors, Terry Dubrow and Paul Nassif, who often fix plastic surgeries gone wrong, but they aren’t the only doctors in town. Begovic, who is a Harvard grad, mom and wife, also helps her patients look their best. She manages to do it all, and look absolutely glamorous while doing it.


If you can’t stand the heat, get out of chef Eden Grinshpan‘s kitchen. The chef is taking the male-dominated food industry by a storm. Research shows that 77 percent of restaurant chefs are men, but Grinshpan didn’t let those statistics stop her. She even has her own show, Eden Eats, on the Cooking Channel and is a judge on Top Chef Canada. When she’s not cooking, she’s taking care of her baby girl and working on opening her own restaurant.


Last but certainly not least is bombshell fisherwoman Michelle Dalton. She has been fishing since she was only 6 years old and has been hooked ever since (if you’ll pardon the pun). When Dalton isn’t fishing professionally and beating out the boys in competitions, she’s also a chef and cooks up some mean seafood with her catches. “I love every aspect of fishing,” she told Caters News. “The adrenaline rush after landing a big fish onto the boat is probably my favorite part.”


All of these women are empowering others to not let stereotypes hold them back. They are living proof that if there is a path you are interested in pursuing, do it regardless of how many men might dominate the field.

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