The Washington Post reports on a just-released Census Bureau study showing that women “made significant gains in some prestigious professions during the 1990s.” (The same was true of members of minority groups, according to the Post.)

But although there are lots more female lawyers and doctors these days, there are a few occupations in which women made virtually no progress whatsoever over the past decade. Women still account for only 4 percent of firefighters and 13 percent of police officers.

That sure makes me sleep a lot easier. When the going gets tough, I say, bring on the brawn!

And only 4 percent of airline pilots are women, probably because, as an expert cited in the Post story pointed out, women just don’t want to sign up for those “hard” (to quote Barbie on math) college engineering courses that are a prerequisite to flying a commercial airliner.