Women can often be marginalized in certain industries, and you may not
picture a woman when you think of pawnbrokers. The truth is, there are
many women working as pawnbrokers or in other areas of the
pawnshop industry, and their number has grown over the last ten years.
History of Women in the Pawn Shop Industry
The first instances of pawnshops as we know them today were recorded in the 19
th century. Working class people, particularly women, frequented them. However,
woman didn’t often work as pawnbrokers. Since that time, the number
of women in the industry has increased, with women now making up over
10% of the members of the National Pawnbrokers Association.
Roles of Women in the Industry
Women now work throughout the industry as pawnshop owners, managers, pawnbrokers,
and advocates for the pawnshop industry. There are women serving on the
National Pawnbrokers Association’s Board of Directors, and as members
of the NPA.
According to the NPA, “women of the pawn industry are working hard everyday to build
their businesses and their industry, to change the way pawnbrokers are
perceived as a whole… and it is women who have been behind many
major breakthroughs, and are a driving force in affecting real change.”
Permanent and Positive Affect on the Industry
Many women come into the industry from management backgrounds, particularly
retail and finance management, and are able to evaluate the business with
a discerning eye. Their experience managing businesses gives them an advantage
in predicting trends in supply and demand. The Learning Channel has a
successful reality show called “Pawn Queens,” profiling two
women pawnbrokers. In Florida, there is a pawnshop owned and managed by
a woman who opened it specifically to cater to women’s financial
needs, specifically single women raising families.
If you’re looking for a reputable
pawnshop in NYC, visit GEM Pawnbrokers. We have been open for over 60 years, and have
more than 20 convenient locations throughout NYC, including Queens, Long
Island, the Bronx, and Brooklyn. Call us today at (718) 619-4830.