Death becomes her: Women make inroads in funeral industry

NEW YORK (AP) — A training program for the next generation of morticians and undertakers is testament to a change that is slowly remaking the funeral business.

Sixty of the 75 students in the program at the State University of New York Canton are women, and those numbers are no fluke.

The American Board of Funeral Service Education says that in 2017, nearly 65 percent of graduates from funeral director programs in the U.S. were female. That’s the highest number ever recorded by the board.

Women coming out of the SUNY Canton program say that for all the progress, they still encounter barriers.

A majority of funeral home owners and directors are still male. And female students say they still battle false notions that they aren’t strong enough or are too emotional for the job.

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