According the The New York Times, women make up only 26 percent of the boards in banking and capital market industries. Shockingly, they describe this as doing well. Other professional industries, such as retail, entertainment, and media all have similar statistics. However, 2/3 of new directors in entertainment and media are women, so it seems society is starting to shift.
As a photography major, we are required to take two photo history classes. Not only we primarily learn the about men leading the historical path in photography, but are told that the modern photography world is not much different. According to fstoppers.com, about 60% of photographer are men, and the majority of veteran successful photographers are male.
Bayles states that the three necessary features for a professions are extensive training (1), that involves a significant intellectual component (2), and puts one in a position to provide an important service to society (3). We can think of historical photographers who have documented our development as a country. These photographers have went through extensive training, and despite what people may believe photography requires a lot of pre-production planning as well as post-production work that requires an intellectual component. By documenting important aspects of our history, they are also providing a service to society. And most importantly these necessary features are no different in regards to gender. In addition to Bayles’ necessary features, he also states some common features that are not essential. These include certification, organization or members, control of task, self-regulation, and autonomy in work. Based on these features there is no reason for photographers, or any industry, to have different employment rates based on gender as both as the characteristics have been met by both parties.