Dear Victoria G.
I am glad that you are asking these questions.
I do not have a background in accounting, yet I am a woman, thus can help shed light on the issues of women, in the professional world.
We live in a world where culture has a great influence everywhere, also at work.
Culture comes from people's mindsets and this is where issues start, all sorts of issues.
Not all, but some men, might have different attitudes about women at work.
Some are open to it, appreciate that we bring our own strengths, like and accept that we are competent professionals, capable of doing the job well, just like any other person, men or women.
Remember we obtain the same training as any, so in finance this is no different.
Some people, some men and some places discriminate, but not all.
And nowadays that the problem has been clearly identified, no one is staying silent about it.
What is more important is that you feel strong and confident, as a young woman and as a professional.
Some professions were said to be only for men, until one girl said: "Hey, I'd like to do that too..!" Or said things like: "I do not want to be a housewife and stay at home and cook, I want to work.."
So today, unlike in the early 1900's where women were thought that they should only stay at home, is no more.
Times have changed, and they will continue to change by the time you graduate. And as times change, so will mindsets
What you must do, is be firm about what you want to be, as an accountant.
Be competent, be professional, know your stuff, and do your job well and you will be respected as woman and as a professional.
Do not give your attention, or your worries, and never tears, for men, who have been left behind by the times.
Women today are everything they want to be, and do not care about what some men believe.
To tell you the truth, the worst thing some, men do is try to make sexual innuendos to women.
If any ever insults you in any form or tries to make you feel undeserving, or makes crude sexual comments,
that is their problem not yours.
Do not stay silent and go to the boss and let everyone know.
Everything else is not a problem as long as you know how to do the job.
Let me know if this helps OK.
if you have any other questions, just ask us, we are always here for you.