It’s National Women’s Month! We’ve come so far over the past few centuries. The strives we’ve made in the workforce have been astonishing. With all the “first” we have achieved, we are not done.
It wasn’t until 1972 that Katharine Graham became the first woman to become CEO of a Fortune 500 company. That’s only 46 years ago! Today that number has grown to 32. As of 2017, there are more than 9.4 million reported business owned by woman in the United States. That’s over a trillion dollars being put back into the economy.
A Woman’s Work
For years we have been fighting, marching and vocalizing for the chance to show what we are capable of. Constantly being told that we don’t belong, we ignored the negative talk and did it anyway. Even with the #Metoo movement, they’ve tried to use it against us to say we should not have been there. You know what, we were there and we are staying.
Jen Welter was the first woman on a coaching staff in the NFL. She has opened the door for more women to be hired in those positions in a male dominated league. Sometimes it just takes one fearless warrior queen to breakdown the walls.
The first African-American woman to practice law in the U.S. was Charlotte E. Ray. She was admitted to the bar in 1872. Although considered a great lawyer, not enough people trusted to higher a black woman to represent them. According to the American Bar, as of 2017, 36% of legal professionals are women. We might hit obstacles, but we don’t quit!
Jobs for the 21st Century
The most in demand jobs for this century are still in technology and health care. However, with social media being boss, new job titles such as Social Media Marketing, Social Media Content Writer and Stock Photographers have allowed more opportunity for freelancers to stay busy.
Woman like Ann Handley of Marketing Profs, a company that offers training in modern marketing, according to their website, is looked at as a premier expert in digital marketing with 22 years of experience. Liliach Bullock was voted #1 Digital Marketing Influencer by Career Expert and is listed as a Top 20 Women Social Media Influencers in Forbes Magazine. Both of these women help companies grow their brand online and teach others to do the same. Jobs that have evolved faster over the last few years. Reinventing yourself has never been easier.
So, in celebration of women everywhere, be bold. No matter your gender, know that the thing you truly want is possible. So many have paved the way. Our job is to go for it!
Remember, you are so worth it!