Will it ever change? Life in public relations is all about change.
Especially for women. More specifically, women in the world of public relations.
Women in the public relations world has always been a topic that many people see as controversial. Some people are ready to admit that it is a controversial topic, whereas others won’t say a word about the topic, and just get on with their lives.
IT IS WHAT IT IS. Don’t get stressed about it. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. You don’t have to voice it, but feel free to do it if you want too.
Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “she doesn’t have what it takes.” They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes.” Clare Boothe Luce.
Clare Boothe Luce was spot on in what she was saying. Especially in the world of public relations. It is an assumption all over the world that women are lesser than men. People are fighting for equality, but I think it is something that will never change because of peoples opinions.
Getting a bit off topic there. So. What I was saying is that women in the PR world are always going to have it tougher than men. It has happened in the past.
Take Doris Fleischman.
This is a woman who was extremely influential in the world of public relations. Getting press coverage for the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) in Atlanta to creating an internal client publication called Contact, which explained to clients the nature and value of public relations. She was a partner in her own firm! Due to the view people had on influential women, Doris wasn’t allowed to represent her own firm, or clients. She wasn’t even allowed to be incorporated into the firms name.
Will it ever change?
This is another woman who was an influential woman in the world of public relations. Marilyn was, and still is, the only African-American to win the Pathfinder Award for research in PR. She highlighted and emphasised the importance of employing minority practitioners, and showed people the value of doing so. Marilyn herself is an extremely impressive example of this. Public Relations Quarterly named Marilyn as “one of the most influential executives in public relations”.
Will it ever change?
The name doesn’t need an explanation, but I shall give you one anyway! Marcia Silverman is probably THE most influential woman in the world of public relations. Marcia was the global CEO for Ogilvy PR. Having worked at Ogilvy PR for 28 years, it would seem wrong if Marcia hadn’t have been the global CEO. Marcia is such an influential women in the world of public relations, she has even had an award named after her; The Marcia Silverman Minority Student Award.
It has changed.