And I’m one of the them!
With my busy teaching schedule (who knew teaching 4 hours a week would take me 8 to prepare!), I’ve been tad remiss in actually writing one of those super-smart, cogent posts I’m known for
But today, with a little time to breathe, I wanted to first say thanks to Kami Huys, the woman behind the blog who first identified some really spectacular women bloggers representing the PR and marketing fields in her post PowerWomen and the Power150: Women Make Up Only 13 percent of Top Bloggers. They are:
- What’s Next Blog B L Ochman
- Diva Marketing Blog Toby Bloomberg
- BlogWrite for CEOs Debbie Weil
- Communication Overtones Kami Huyse
- Forrester’s Marketing Blog Shar, Charlene, Chloe, Christine, Elana, Laura & Lisa
- The Origin of Brands Laura Ries
- Branding & Marketing Chris Brown
- Customers Rock! Becky Carroll
- Conversation Agent Valeria Maltoni
- Corporate PR Elizabeth Albrycht
- CK’s Blog (CK)
- Spare Change Nedra Kline Weinreich
- Marketing Roadmaps Susan Getgood
- advergirl Leigh Householder
- Brand Sizzle Anne Simons
- Kinetic Ideas Wendy Maynard
- Flooring The Consumer C.B. Whittemore
- Presto Vivace Blog Alice Marshall
- Email Marketing Best Practices Tamara Gielen
and me, The Copywriting Maven Roberta Rosenberg.
But, to paraphrase that famous line delivered by Ronald Reagan in the movie, Kings Row, “Where’s the rest of us?”
Not just in the Power150 (now part of AdAge!), where Copywriting Maven’s ranking holds steady between #95 and #110 depending, but in the general business blogging community. Most of the marketing people I know are women. Most of the PR people I know are women. I know many of them write blogs, either for themselves or as part of their job tasks.
So where are all the “marketing grrrl” blogs? Why are women marketers so underrepresented? (Sometimes I feel like Sally Rogers, the “girl comedy writer” on the old Dick Van Dyke Show.) Probably for many of the same reasons why smart, talented and brilliant women still are woefully underrepresented in the C-level jobs.
My take? Too many women are still asking to be invited to the party instead of simply seating themselves at the table.
A few weeks back, I read an article about women in academia and how here, too, women were still getting stymied in their efforts to further their careers. The example was made – and it’s a stunner to me – as follows.
Teaching assignments are a key factor in advancing an academic career. So far so good. But it’s how the teaching assignment are made that makes the critical difference. Men tended to be direct with their advisers with a “I want to teach. How do we make that happen?” attitude. In contrast, the women waited to be asked, “Do you want to teach?”
Amazing. After all these years, too many of us are waiting around, still waiting to be asked to the party.
I have 3 children, 2 daughters and a son. I’m teaching my girls to be proud of their talents and not be afraid to say, “I can do that!” when they think they can. (My son already knows he can do anything.) I’ve said, “I can do that!”, in every step of my marketing career from answering a want-ad for a junior copywriter to opening my own biz to blogging, teaching, what have you.
I’ve said it even when others around me said I couldn’t. Perhaps that’s the deciding factor. A little bit of the Massapequa, LI girl “Oh, yeah?” that I still carry around in the back of my head when challenged.
My guess is that these remarkable PowerWomen have also said, “I can do that!” with similar gusto and enthusiasm. So here’s to us, ladies. Let’s open up the doors wide and invite our best and brightest to sip and sup along with us at the feast of our own design.
All anyone of us have to do is say, YES!
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