Even with the steps being taken to address the representation of women in welding and STEM as a whole, choosing this path comes with its challenges.
There are still many who view welding as "a man's job." Despite taking essential subjects such as mathematics, science, and technology, many girls don't pursue careers in the field as they aren't encouraged to do so. Interestingly enough, policy initiatives aimed at getting more women into STEM may have the opposite effect
by signalling that it is a masculine field. On the other hand, those who pursue STEM further studies or careers may face discrimination or harassment or find themselves alienated by male counterparts who don't consider them suited for the job.
Due to societal perceptions, women who take up roles as welders often face pressure to meet or surpass expectations in their work, making it a demanding job. As there are some who consider them out of place, female welders may be forced to meet higher standards of achievement to justify their hiring.