For the main characters I know what genders I want for them and why for the story. But when it comes to not so major, and minor supporting characters, how do you know? For random examples in my current story, there is the prosecutor and two defense attorneys in a case as well as a judge, bailiff, court reporter, etc. I don't know what they should be since plot or theme wise, it doesn't really matter, since they are just their to do a job, and that's all the weight they bring to the story. Same with a server in a bar, who's only job is to bring a drink to a woman that a man across the bar, purchases for her. Or when one of the main characters calls 911 cause her place is being broken into, it doesn't matter what gender the cops are that arrives. So how do you decide on supporting characters like that, who play smaller parts and have no thematic reason, what their gender should be? I am writing the story with almost all male characters right now(with only two females among the major characters so far), because I saw it as sort of a thriller set in a man's crime and police world, kind of like how some thrillers are set in a male dominated world, like The Hunt for Red October for example. But that was all the way back in the 80s and three friends pointed out to be, that they noticed I have a low number of female characters, and I do think that times of changed since the 80s, compared to older thrillers and movies, which I am use to, as their are more women in every profession now. What do you think?