Interesting info from economia — which is sort of like the Journal of Accountancy for our friends across the pond — that says accounting tops professions for women in the UK:
Our research found that the accountancy profession is rated particularly highly by women and working mothers. In a survey of over a thousand women, we looked at their experiences of prejudice and discrimination, the levels of support provided by employers, career progression and opportunities for working women and attitudes to flexible working. Accountancy was one of very few sectors to score consistently well.
It received the highest scores for more positive indicators than any other profession for working women. For example, 94% of female accountants say their employer is supportive of women – more than any other sector – and they are also more positive about their employer’s ability to retain female talent. A third of women in accountancy described their employer as excellent, compared to an average of one in five.
Accountancy also compared well to similar sectors such as financial services, which is plagued by a high level of gender-based discrimination and prejudice. Over half of women working in the financial services (53%) said they had experienced this compared to a much lower 36% overall.
Note the above applies only to women and not working mothers which [SPOILER ALERT] are not the same thing.
According to the survey from Talking Talent, working mothers are also positive toward accounting, with 32% agreeing that being a working mother has enhanced their career progress.
Unfortunately, the survey results seem to be unavailable for those not in the UK.