Girl's are often underestimated, but it has been my experience at work that they are often better than their male peers when it comes to job performance. They, when given the opportunity, usually out perform their predecessors as they move into those positions.
I remember my daughter asking me, after a trip to Universal, what kind of job is was where you get to make the rides. I told her she would want to go to school for engineering. She told a boy at school that she was going to be an engineer, and he laughed. She asked what was so funny, and he said, "you're a girl. Girls can't be engineers. My dad is an engineer." I said something rather off the hip that I shouldn't have said about the boy's intelligence, and his father's lack of teaching skills. I think I will take her to work and have her meet some of the women in our engineering department. She is only ten so she may change her mind, but I don't want her to think she doesn't have choices because she's a girl. What's more beautiful and stronger than a woman anyway?