Chris Crisman’s “Woman’s Work” Photo Series Challenges Gender Norms

March 9, 2017

By Lynne Schreur

© Chris Crisman

Sadie Samuels

© Chris Crisman

Heather Marold Thomason

© Chris Crisman

Beth Beverly

Pennsylvania photographer Chris Crisman is a father of two and like many parents, wants to instill in his children the desire to follow their dreams and be anything they want to be when they grow up. In a recent interview with aPhotoEditor about one of his latest projects “Woman’s Work” he shared: “I want to raise my children knowing that their dreams have no limits and that they have parents supporting them to dive into anything they feel passionate about.” This project showcases just that: women diving into their passions.

In this project, Chris went out to find female subjects who were working in traditionally male-dominated fields. Jobs that many, even in 2017, are surprised to see a woman doing. The series includes women from around the country including Heather Marold Thomason who left her job in web design to become a butcher in Pennsylvania, Sadie Samuels  a lobster fisher in Maine and Beth Beverly a taxidermist also from Pennsylvania.

The images in “Women’s Work” are a striking reminder that there are women following their dreams regardless of the stereotypes surrounding any one career path.

“Women’s Work” originally circulated in December, but with International Women’s Day earlier this week, we thought it was a great time to revisit it. See additional write ups on PhotoServe photgrapher Chris Crisman’s “Women’s Work” project on Huffington Post, and

See the full collection of work on Crisman’s website.