Why don't more women become involved in numismatics? Rather, why don't more women stick with the hobby?
Recently, The Numismatist ran an article on Young Numismatists and how involved they are now. I read this article with much interest, as I hear about the need for more young people to become numismatists. There were a number of young women mentioned in the article. None is still involved in the hobby. Many of the young men still are collectors.
What makes a young woman get interested in coins and then give it up? I became a coin person when I was 11 years old. Grandma gave me two silver dollars, 1921 and 1922. Two very different designs, but only one year apart. This began a lifelong interest.
Also, I see that many women who are involved in the hobby became interested because of a father, grandfather, or other male relative in the business. Rarely do I hear of a woman who got into coins on her own, like me.
Yes, I have had my share of ups and downs. I met dealers who could not believe that a female would really be interested in coins. They would talk down to me and a few outright refused to sell me coins. There was the dealer I phoned who asked me questions about my looks and personal life. I will say that the vast majority treated me well and with respect. One in particular greatly encouraged me even when I was young.
I'd love to see more women involved in this wonderful hobby. And stick with it.