There is an older blog post (from January 2010) that keeps making the rounds via the web.
"A Rant About Women" by Clay Shirky is based on the premise that women are not self-promotional, which holds us back. He quotes a magazine editor who tells a friend of his that men promote themselves all the time, but women wait for people to take notice.
He goes on to say that, in order for us to be treated equally, we must be forceful and self-confident. He says:
It's tempting to imagine that women could be forceful and self-confident without being arrogant or jerky, but that's a false hope, because it's other people who get to decide when they think you're a jerk, and trying to stay under that threshold means giving those people veto power over your actions.
And therein lies the problem. When we act like men, we're seen as as the word that begins with a B… you know, another name for a female dog.
The Glass Ceiling
But even if we acted like men, had the self-confidence to be called mean names, and were forceful and self-promotional, there still is a glass ceiling.
Charles was a great partner. He gave me negotiation power. Prospects took me seriously. And he didn't exist.
I've always figured if you can't fight the battle, join them and then have the last laugh. I beat the glass ceiling with my own Remington Steele.
Women Rule The Web
But, at least online, the glass ceiling is beginning to be shattered. Not only does social media create a level playing field, women rule the roost (80 percent!) when it comes to purchase decisions (not a surprise) and brands are turning their attention to them.
Just Who Do You Think Youre Talking To? Owning Up To Women explored where women are hanging out online. It showed women spend more time on the social networks than men and they also spend 30 percent more time being social, connecting with brands, and buying. They're also more likely to share their purchases online via sites such as Facebook and Pinterest.
In fact, women are nearly 80 percent more likely to buy something they saw on a social network than through any other channel.
Rant Against Women
Whatever it is, this "rant" against women is setting all of us back 50 or more years.
Women rule the roost at home and they make most of the purchase decisions. Either you target them or you don't. But whichever way you decide to market your products or services, discounting women will only hurt your sales.
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Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, a Chicago-based integrated marketing communication firm. She is the author of the PR and marketing blog Spin Sucks, the founder the professional development site for PR and marketing pros, Spin Sucks Pro, and co-author of the forthcoming Marketing In the Round.