How many times have you heard the old expression, "this is a man's job"? We're pretty tired of it, and fortunately, so is California photographer Chris Crisman. With his latest portfolio, Women's Work, he's documenting the women who do those 'men's jobs' with pride, and he's breaking down gender stereotypes in the process.


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The story of Women's Work starts in early 2016, when Crisman heard from an art producer that a friend of hers had become a butcher, and realized that he had never actually met a female butcher. After meeting and photographing the woman, Heather Marold Thomason, Crisman was inspired to find other women taking on traditionally male-dominated professions. From farmers, to firefighters, to lobster fishers, he was able to locate and capture dozens of inspiring women from across the nation, and finally rolled out the project in October 2016.

Though Women's Work is now 'out there,' Crisman insists that it's a work-in-progress. "There are so many people that we would still love to include in the project, but we’ll get there. I believe that Women’s Work is the type of project where the purpose does not have an expiration date," he told APE in a November interview. The Penn Valley-based photographer is the father of 2 young children, including a daughter, whom he encourages to dream without limits and pursue her passions, even if others see them as unconventional.

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#1 Mindy Gabriel, Firefighter In Upper Arlington, Ohio

Mindy Gabriel, Firefighter In Upper Arlington, Ohio

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Lili Képes 2 weeks ago

Real courage every single day... I couldn't do that.

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#2 Sadie Samuels, Lobster Fisher In Rockport, Maine

Sadie Samuels, Lobster Fisher In Rockport, Maine

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Nancy E 2 weeks ago

This is really hard , dangerous, work.

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#3 Leeann Johnson, Haul Truck Driver At Round Mountain Gold Mine In Round Mountain, Nevada

Leeann Johnson, Haul Truck Driver At Round Mountain Gold Mine In Round Mountain, Nevada

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CatPerson 2 weeks ago

Women are just as tough as men

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#4 Women Doing 'men's Work'

Women Doing 'men's Work'

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Sylvia Valentin 2 weeks ago

That must be an excellent thing to do when stressed "I (BAM!)AM(BAM!)NOT(BAM!)ANGRY(BAM!!)!!"

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#5 Alison Goldblum, Property Developer In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Alison Goldblum, Property Developer In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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CatPerson 2 weeks ago

if you have a dream, you follow that dream. don't let expectations drag you down

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#6 Heather Marold Thomason, Butcher And Owner Of Primal Supply Meats In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Heather Marold Thomason, Butcher And Owner Of Primal Supply Meats In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Rafael Tiba 2 weeks ago

"yo next in line, pretty boy"

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#7 Christina Burris, Brewer And Operations Manager Of St. Benjamin’s Brewing In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Christina Burris, Brewer And Operations Manager Of St. Benjamin’s Brewing In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Galeanthropy2017 2 weeks ago

Detecting a lot of Photoshop in this one...

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#8 Mira Nakashima, Designer And Woodworker At George Nakashima Woodworking In New Hope, Pennsylvania

Mira Nakashima, Designer And Woodworker At George Nakashima Woodworking In New Hope, Pennsylvania

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Anna Thouvenin 2 weeks ago

That's my dream job :(

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#9 Judy Bowman, Process Operator, Round Mountain Gold Mine, Round Mountain, Nv

Judy Bowman, Process Operator, Round Mountain Gold Mine, Round Mountain, Nv

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Rosa Greyhound 2 weeks ago

What is a process operator

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#10 Beth Beverly, Taxidermist In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Beth Beverly, Taxidermist In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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MsSoan1 2 weeks ago

Firstly, taxidermy is the act of preserving animals who died naturally. It isn't gory and is more humane than killing a deer for horns.

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