Call for papers: Special issue of Sex Roles: Men in female-dominated occupations

Explore the experiences of men from all countries who are working in female-dominated occupations.

Guest Editors: Andrew P. Smiler & David S. Shen-Miller

In the U.S. men now receive less than half of undergraduate and graduate degrees, a gap that has continued to increase over the last decade (Pion et al., 1996). Employment patterns have also been affected by the current economic recession, which has led primarily to the loss of “traditionally male” jobs and a shifting of workforce composition and priorities worldwide. In this special issue, we seek to explore the experiences of men from all countries who are working — or in training to work — in female-dominated occupations. With the exception of education and nursing, few studies have examined the experiences of men in female-dominated fields, regardless of whether those fields have been long or “traditionally” dominated by women or have recently become dominated by women. This relative dearth of research is in contrast to a substantial amount of literature in which researchers have explored the experience of women in male-dominated or “traditionally male” fields, including topics such as motives for staying in or exiting the field, structural impediments that have kept women out of these fields, and programs at multiple levels of society that facilitate or maintain women’s entry into these fields.

Understanding the experiences of men in female-dominated occupations is important for many of the same reasons that understanding the experience of women in male-dominated fields was and continues to be important. In particular, we seek manuscripts that will advance empirical and/or conceptual knowledge in this area. For example, topics may include reasons men enter these fields, factors associated with their ability to stay in these fields, experiences with either the “glass ceiling” or the “glass escalator,” as well as experiences of either gender- or sexual-harassment. We seek manuscripts across a broad variety of vocations, including “traditionally female” fields such as K-12 education, nursing and full time parenting, as well as fields that have more recently become female dominated, such as psychology. Papers that address systemic levels of influence (e.g., legislation, workplace policies) on men’s experiences, and papers addressing intersectionality are particularly encouraged. Original empirical work is preferred; review papers will be considered. Authors submitting qualitative investigations should consult the guidelines for publishing such work in the journal before doing so.

Authors who plan to submit manuscripts are asked to do so by April 15, 2013. Manuscripts should be between 25 and 40 pages, double-spaced (including title page, abstract, tables, figures and references).

All manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the editorial guidelines of Sex Roles and should be submitted via the online submission site. Please select the article type “Sp. Iss. – Men in Female-Dominated Occupations” from the drop down menu, and indicate in the notes to the editorial office that the paper is to be considered as a contribution to the special issue “Men in Female-Dominated Occupations.” All papers will be peer reviewed. For further inquiries, please contact Andrew P. Smiler or David S. Shen-Miller.

Pion, G. M., Mednick, M. T., Astin, H. S., Iijima Hall, C. C., Kenkel, M. B., Keita, G. P., Kohout, J. L., Kelleher, J. C. (1996). The shifting gender composition of psychology: Trends and implications for the discipline. American Psychologist, 51, 509-528. doi:10.1037/0003-066X.51.5.509