Like some of the ones above, I'm not sure there should be a separate thread on Women in Magic without the same for Men in Magic. Neither should be needed.
However, with over fifty years in the professional entertainment industry as both talent and personal management/agency, it is not new to recognize that the gender is assumed to be male unless otherwise noted.
My mother was an entertainer. (My dad was an IRS agent!) At home she was the IQ and he was the noise. In public together, he was genius and she was his servant. In public separately, she was courageous and he was hardly brave. I spent my early years learning the difference in performances on and off "stage". Roles are roles whether or not they are well-played. Gender does not determine that. Venue might!
My wife has career paths including model and ballet dancer (New York and LA), private practice physician, and stage magician. We tend to think of models and ballet dancers being female. Some are. We tend to think of private practice physicians and stage magicians as male. Some are. Neither is actually gender specific. Yet, even in polite company, explanations are due!
Culture is responsible for some of this. Entertainers usually travel a lot. Historically, females were considered at risk here. Also men were the ONLY workers outside the home. Even employed, men had "careers" and females had "jobs".
Of course, only females need maternity leave. My children had the misfortune of having their mom die when they were very young. At that point in time, there were no facilities in the men's restrooms for diaper changing! I was actually called into the department heads office at a state university where I was a professor and threatened with termination for using my sick leave to carry my children to the doctor. Males were not allowed to do that. Only female professors were allowed to do that.
In spite of having perfect credit, two credit cards dropped me because I was a single custodial father. It was the culture and totally unrelated to facts. Welcome to America!
We do strange things. Personally, I do think stage magic is a better venue for females. Lucy does both stage and closeup. We both do. I gave up bar magic many years ago because I quit working in cigarette smoke. (Wonderful decision!) I rarely do closeup because, from my experience as both and entertainer and agent, it simply pays too little.
On the other hand, I love the concept of more women than men being birthday magicians. It's typically a matter of training and experience.
In summary, I'm very much in love with a female magician. Apparently, I like them. Welcome aboard!
Magic By Sander