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16 Bizarre Careers for Women That No Longer Exist

GOBankingRates Logo By Amen Oyiboke of GOBankingRates | Slide 1 of 18: Ladies, have you ever wanted to pursue a career as an herb strewer or maybe a leech collector? OK, probably not, but did you know that those female-centric careers used to actually exist? Gender-segregated roles are nothing new, but many of these bizarre, outdated jobs stem not from a positive perception of women and their ability to do a task uniquely well, but from the devaluation of their gender. For example, during Japan’s Edo period, women who served as “heoibikuni” had one responsibility — claiming noble women’s flatulence as their own. Talk about taking one for the team.
Fortunately, aside from a couple of exceptions which have largely evolved over time, most of these careers for women have died out. Here’s a look at the most interesting and absurd female-dominated jobs throughout history.

16 Bizarre Careers for Women That No Longer Exist

Ladies, have you ever wanted to pursue a career as an herb strewer or maybe a leech collector? OK, probably not, but did you know that those female-centric careers used to actually exist? Gender-segregated roles are nothing new, but many of these bizarre, outdated jobs stem not from a positive perception of women and their ability to do a task uniquely well, but from the devaluation of their gender. For example, during Japan’s Edo period, women who served as “heoibikuni” had one responsibility — claiming noble women’s flatulence as their own. Talk about taking one for the team.

Fortunately, aside from a couple of exceptions which have largely evolved over time, most of these careers for women have died out. Here’s a look at the most interesting and absurd female-dominated jobs throughout history.

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