Is Public History Women's Work?

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Is Public History Women's Work?

By: grabitsdm | May 19, 2010
American Historical Association released a study on What the Data Reveals about Women Historians. Of particular interest is the final chart showing the change among public history workers from 1979 to 2009. In support of the chart, the ratio of men to women in the State Historic Preservation Office at the Minnesota Historical Society has gone from 8 men and 5 women in 2000, to 6 men and 11 women in 2010.

What factors contribute to this trend? What remedies might you suggest to encourage more men to enter the public history field? Or, is this trend appropriate, inevitable, or not a factor for the health of the public history profession?