Although I have a background in healthcare (nursing), I’m now a photojournalist, free-lance, like so many of us. A great deal is said about women entering the field, & I believe more have done so. The problem, however, is timing, plain & simple. More newspapers & magazines have fired their entire photo staffs; agencies have folded, or consolidated, making collections & contributors’ efforts redundant, while at home & abroad users simply take photos & videos without payment. Essentially this leaves a larger & larger number of free-lancers scrambling for a piece of an ever-shrinking pie. Entering photojournalism now is like undertaking an apprenticeship setting type.
More & more women will doubtless experience this as they enter the field, but they are not the cause of it, nor have they contributed to it.