Why Women in Business Matters

I quit my job 4 months ago. But I’m still a business woman. I’m now a freelance Social Media & Content Executive and I don’t regret it. I work 3 days a week for a lovely agency in Manchester and I feel very happy working there. I worked in fashion and hopefully will still be doing. I will hopefully be working with smaller fashion companies as clients for those two other days. My last job didn’t work out and I was good at my job and it was so frustrating to have to leave a job I loved.

I’ve had a few job offers, a few rejections and a few ‘Jesus Christ what is this interview?’ moments. Oh, I do have some stories. But honestly, I was struggling to get anything suitable within a creative agency. So here I am Freelancing. A terrifying, yet incredibly rewarding career to have at the moment. The clients I have brought on so far are incredible and it’s given me so much more confidence in myself. I’ve been in contact with national brands and I am being taken seriously – every woman in business deserves that.

I’ve had men look at my breasts in interviews, wink at me and pretty much every other sexist assumption men can have about women. I’m 22 – I’m not planning on having kids anytime soon so I have no idea why it’s brought up. I get tired of it. You’d be shocked how many advertising/marketing/creative agencies have problems with women. It’s just a fact and you can see it in this Guardian report. But why does business have a problem with women? It ain’t Mad Men so calm down.

My point is I’m privileged enough to not have to put up with sexism. I’m also incredibly lucky as I work with an agency in town that are absolutely fab. Advertising and Branding are something I’m quite passionate about because they are such personal things. Advertising is about people. If your values are outdated, your advertising and business will be. Simple, tiny things have the power to change how we view people from different minorities.

Social Media has also given a huge voice to women & men everywhere. If you produce something problematic, oh will you be told. This is why advertising and business more generally needs to become more diverse and more socially aware.

Just because I don a pair of heels and wear a skirt does not make me open to discussions about my sex life or my career. I’ve written previously about how I got a graduate job in marketing and I have a whole section dedicated to business, feminism and empowerment. It’s important to realise that things are changing in business for women, but we still have a way to go.

What’s been your experience in business?

 

 

8 comments so far.
  • Claire Sawyer

    I’ve been in business in many guises for a lot of years now and to be honest I’ve never been met with any sexism!
    I’m aware that this makes me one of the lucky ones and I really hate that this is the case! Women have a lot to offer in the workplace!

    xxx

    Claire

    http://www.theclairediary.co.uk

    • That’s good! 🙂 A couple of my coworkers have been in situations of sexism – e.g. sexual advances. Some businesses just think they’re in Mad Men lol!

      It is changing though thank god. I can’t imagine what it’s like around the world.

      xxx

  • Angela White

    It’s totally true what you say, no one should have to put up with sexism anywhere and looking at you in interviews, that’s horrible :(. This was quite interesting to read though, because you raised some really good points 🙂 I hope to be in the position that you’re in, where you know what career you’re working in and you’re happy with it. I’m still unsure what route to go down so I hope I figure it out soon haha

    Angie xx

    • The bad thing is I’ve heard worse stories. 🙁 You will be! But tbh, most people don’t have an idea ever, my dad’s 50 and he still doesn’t know, I think it’s not the be all and end all 🙂 xx

  • Eleanor Hughes

    I’m currently at uni studying marketing and hope to have a job in marketing in the future so it’s disheartening to know that there is still so much sexism within the industry! Things seem to be working out well for you though and I hope things improve in the future
    The Lipstick, The Girl and Her Wardrobe

    • Tbf all the sexist people tend to be old, white men (Wow surprise!) so on a darker note, they’ll probably be gone soon… There are a few things that concern me tho, for example people taking interns on because they’re attractive and want to date them, rather than their skills. But I think that’s generally a business thing… :/

  • Samantha

    Reading this made me laugh because I can relate quite a bit. Having said that, I can’t freelance only because my lifestyle is far too expensive. I’m still job hunting but most of my interviews are with women so I’m pretty lucky. I’m glad you’ve found something that works for you! 🙂

    S .x http://ramblingsofayoungprgirl.blogspot.com

    • Eleanor

      Haha thank you! Hope the job hunt went well! Thank you 😀 e x

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