As women strive for equality in the workplace, an interesting new trend has emerged with more men taking on jobs in fields traditionally dominated by women, such as nursing.
The New York Times reports that with traditional jobs in construction and manufacturing drying up under tight economic conditions, a number of men are considering jobs in the growing medical sector.
"While women continue to make inroads into prestigious, high-wage professions dominated by men, more men are reaching for the dream in female-dominated occupations that their fathers might never have considered," according to the paper
This gender shift at work in the U.S. is reported to have started before the global financial crisis as a result of growing financial pressures, the slow erosion of gender stereotypes and a search for a quality of life.
According to the New York Times, the number of men registered as nurses in Texas between 2000 and 2010 increased from 8.4 percent to 10.5 percent and they noted similar increases outside the medical profession as well - including school teachers, with Texan men now accounting for nearly 28 per cent of all first-year school teachers.
Males are also making in roads in other traditionally "pink collar" jobs, waiting on tables at restaurants or working as receptionists.
Prior to the 1990s you would find men in these jobs, but it was usually "foreign-born non-English speakers with low education levels" with few choices. "Now, though, the trend has spread among men of nearly all races and ages, more than a third of whom have a college degree," reports the paper.
The New Jersey Newsroom says that "pink-collar is the new blue-collar".
Interestingly they note that: "Women continue to earn less than men even in fields where they are the majority," citing a new study that shows that women lose out on pay even in fields where they outnumber men.
According to the report by the Institute for Women's Policy Research, which studied the 20 most popular occupations for women workers, women only out-earn men in bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks jobs.