Twacka, when I was in school, something much less than 1 percent of the admitted med students in the United States were women. (See the 1962 med cat book, or some similar name). I never became an md but had an interesting life.
Degrees are rarely useless, viewed later, even if sardonically.
I'm old fashioned in that I think college/university are preps for learning how to question, how to look up information, how to deal with information bits at some kind of conflict with each other.
I get your complaining about this, from your point of view, Twaka, especially re the money. I also figure the degree could help if you keep looking, but I don't know that - I'd keep looking over time.
When I'd nabbed a job in a recession in my late 'new career', it was from talks on phoning, I'll make this number up, something like 40 times. One guy was quite glad to hear from me, I went to work and I remain a fan some years later.
I suppose it is harder now to greet the owner of a firm by phoning, which I could (landscape architects often have very small firms).