Currently men dominate the quality control profession making up 66% compared to 34% for women.  A quality assurance (QA) or quality control (QC) inspector works for a company to inspect, test, and sample materials, parts, or products for defects and any deviations from specifications. The inspector will discard anything that does not meet with company standards, including products, materials, and equipment used by the company in processing. Sounds like something a woman could do with her eyes closed.

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Mary Callahan, Quality Control Inspector

North Syracuse, New York 1972

Women have fared well in the pharmacy profession. Last year more women were practicing pharmacy or working in a pharmacy-related career than their male counterparts, 83.9% versus 65.2%, respectively. And there were more women in managerial positions than ever before—approximately 29% women and 30% men. Independent pharmacy ownership is still a male-dominated area however. Approximately 2.4% of women in the U.S. are owners or partners in an independent pharmacy. Possible reasons for the lack of female ownership may include financial barriers, lack of business/financial acumen, or lack of confidence in ability to secure financing,

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When looking for a woman working in a career beginning with the letter 'N' I had many opportunities to photograph a nurse, a professional nanny and even a local newscaster.  Knowing that photographing a female neurosurgeon in 1972 was out of the question and having a personal love for plants, I decided to hunt down one of my favorite people in New York; a female nursery manager. I recall when photographing Linda, she shared how happy and content she was in this job and hoped to make it a life long career. Nursery managers today make about $14 an hour and men slightly outnumber their female counterparts in this profession, making up a slight majority at 54 percent. Seemed like a fun job at the time....

Women were not allowed into the U.S. Postal Inspection Service until 1969.  Their biggest hurdle involved having to wear a skirt for a uniform.  After many complaints the agency decided to change it to something more conducive to the rigors of the job; a pant suit.  While women make up 40% of the 493,381 postal workers people still refer to a person in this career as a mailman. Research shows that occupation titles with a gendered noun or suffix attached to them shape cultural expectations about what kinds of people perform that job. "When children hear a job title that has a gender mark on it, like an e-s-s ending or an m-a-n ending, and you ask them to draw pictures or talk about who’s doing that job, they will pick the one that...