Why there’s no Postwoman Patricia

This weekend an army of postal workers will deliver Christmas cards and other holiday packages across the western world. No surprise there: though we live in a cyber-age, December still produces a blizzard of mail in North America and Europe.

But in one respect, there is a quirky and little-noticed difference in this blizzard on both sides of the Atlantic. If you live in the UK, the person delivering your Christmas cards is probably a man. At present almost nine out of 10 of the Royal Mail’s “postmen” are male, a proportion that has barely changed in decades.

Read more: Why there’s no Postwoman Patricia – FT.com.