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Why do we assume men are doctors and women are nurses?

Over the past few decades, women have entered male-dominated fields in record numbers. And while women may face unequal pay or workplace discrimination, they currently occupy 20% of jobs that were historically considered only appropriate for men. “Pink collar” jobs, or industries dominated by women (e.g., nursing, teaching, and secretarial staff), on the other hand, have seen less of a shift in terms of gender parity: Only 10% are occupied by men.

What stops men from taking jobs historically dominated by women?

This week’s Divided States of Women talks to two male nurses and Dana Goldstein, an expert in education and work, about why men are more reluctant to take jobs that have historically been populated by women.