Over the last few decades female roles in the workforce have changed drastically. When I was younger, gender roles were more defined and absolute. It would have been highly unusual to see a woman as a plumber, electrician, or HVAC technician. If women wanted to learn more about these types of fields, they had to study books and magazines. When I started working for my Heating and A/C supplier company, we only hired females for the traditional feminine roles like bookkeeping or receptionist jobs. Over multiple decades, the gender roles have changed and more women are seen in blue collar positions that men traditionally held. Our company has more than 500 employees, and we have the highest female to male ratio in all the tri-state area. Over the last 15 months we hired twenty women to positions in our HVAC shops as repair technicians. It’s really been a refreshing change. I have two daughters who look forward to joining our HVAC company when they finish school. I want them to know that they can achieve any dream they want. Several years ago, my HVAC company started doing something great for the community. We started a special scholarship program for young women who want to attend the heating and air conditioning technical university in our area. It’s a five thousand-dollar scholarship with a paid internship at one of our HVAC shops. All of us want to continue increasing the way that our society views the roles of women. I hope this helps my daughters achieve their dreams and makes them proud of their dad.