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In general, in Golarion, I'd say it's common. It may be more or less common, or more tied to specific socioeconomic classes/races/families/religions/etc. in various regions.
This, generally speaking, my take on it across Golarion. Since I've been running Jade Regent I basically took this approach with Minkai that the station and cultural norms would dictate the behavior of gender stereotypes.
I portrayed the Samurai caste in Minkai for gender to be a non-issue. Ability to perform your duty mattered, weather that meant swinging a sword, or pouring tea. Women are warriors when it is their duty to be such.
Then on the same hand, I treated the peasant caste of Minkai in a more traditional manner. The females and males both worked the farms, but the females were the ones who ran their household and raised the future generations of farmers/craftsmen. When the samurai caste conscripts peasants for battle, they almost exclusively conscript males. This is done from the standpoint that future generations of farmers needed to be raised in order for the region to flourish, not from the idea that men are strong and tough and women are frail and dainty.
Of course there will be standouts who fly in the face of these traditions, but I simply felt it was a decent way to portray a less than detailed portion of Minkaian society.
Does it match up with my modern sensibilities, of course not, but does it give flavor to a setting? I'd like to think so.