The term “pink-collar” described jobs that were traditionally held overwhelmingly by women workers. These typically paid less than prestigious “white-collar” office jobs. “Pink-collar,” a play on the traditional association of the color pink with baby girls, was used in contrast to “blue-collar” jobs most often held by male workers. Typical jobs referred to as “pink-collar” during the 20th century included typist, child care provider, maid or domestic worker, waitress, nurse and librarian.
See also: pink-collar ghetto