Ok so I'll pour some gas on the fire. My mother was a good mechanic
and was an all round capable hand so I measure most female hands by her mark.
In all the years I worked "the trades" I met only 2 women who, in my estamation, did the same work as the men
in the crew. With the exception of these 2 the women on the crew ALWAYS asked for(required?) help with things no guy would ever ask for help with.
Some things are part of the job, like lifting or moving heavy items and most of these women weren't up to the job. They were good at their trained for job but sucked badly at the stuff the rest of us took for granted as part of the job.
Don't get me wrong I know lots of guys who couldn't hack it and got canned but not one of them would be able to say it was because of their gender. It was because they couldn't do the work required.
I am now passed the days when I could run up a ladder with 3 or 4 bundles of shingles or a sheet of plywood
. Now I don't do much manual labour. I do however pay for it and it better be getting done or someone will be sent on down the road.
Having said all that I think a woman who can(and will) do "guy" jobs and do them well would be a real catch for any guy. Unfortunately I got caught before I realized the inate sexiness of a woman who can fix her own car/boat/toaster/toilet.
I met one just before hurricane
Ike. She was married to a guy who was quite proud of the fact he was useless when it came to anything mechanical. I almost punched him when he said, looking down his nose just a bit "thats why I hire guys like you".
If I was single
I'd try to steal his girl............m