That’s a Woman’s Job: How Do Certain Careers Acquire a Gender?

Why do we think of a firefighter as a man and a nurse as a woman and not the other way around?

Sarah Thebaud, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California Santa Barbara and Laura Doering, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Organization at McGill University examine the effects of gendered occupational roles on men’s and women’s workplace authority by looking at data and research that they gathered from a microfinance bank in Central America.