Why should you bother and should there be a distinction?
A financial planner once told me that it was unprofitable to pursue female clients: “They are hard work and as soon as you have built a good relationship with them, they get married and run to their husband’s financial adviser, abdicating responsibility for their money. Or, even worse, they stop working to become moms.”
I think that professional investors are influenced (or perhaps scarred) by their first experiences in the markets. I started my career in investments in the early 1990s, not long after the stock market crash of 1987, during which the Dow Jones Industrial Index fell by 23% and only regained its previous high two years later.