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...

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