Marketing to Women: Growth of Women in Marketing
February 17, 2013 § 5 Comments
Almost a third of all Americans are employed in marketing-related positions. That’s a staggering number if you think about it. And it is a path for women to grow up the corporate ladder. A recent study by a recruiting firm found that more top executives have come out of marketing than of any other area.
Women have historically been employed in the retailing and advertising areas of marketing. But we now have moved into all types of sales and marketing positions. Advertising has always been a home for women but men still dominate with 51.3% of the advertising workforce composed of men. Of course, women only compose 3% of the creative directors of agencies, and that’s a complete travesty of consumer marketing. Some 13.5% of all advertising persons are women who hold an high level role such as chair, CEO or managing director. Women also held just 27.3% of other executive management positions, an increase of 1.8% on 2010. Women’s earnings represent this inequity in position; women’s earnings in marketing and sales were 67.7% of men’s earnings.
The Female Factor.
A 2009 study of women in marketing by Brandweek found strong agreement among marketers—of both genders—that women are experiencing success in marketing. Eighty percent believe women are experiencing a greater degree of success in marketing departments than in the past and 66 per cent say their success in marketing is greater than in other departments. Fully 81 per cent of women in marketing want to be “CMO” someday compared to 68 per cent of male marketers.
Women marketers approach marketing differently. Men tend to think in linear, hierarchical terms. They want the facts, the numbers and the statistics. And the same goes for male marketers. Women (and women marketers), on the other hand, tend to approach topics more contextually, interconnecting knowledge, experiences, facts, opinions, relationships, goals and dreams in a non-linear, web-like manner.
Women and Job Growth
Women are beginning to see traction in job advancement. Of the 15 job categories projected to grow the most in the next decade in the US, primarily women occupy all but two. Now, about 40% of working wives make more money than their husbands.
But there is a lot of room for more growth. Women currently account for roughly 53 percent of entry-level professional employees in the largest US industrial corporations. According to Catalyst, a leading advocacy group for women, we hold only 37 percent of middle-management positions, 28 percent of vice-president and senior-managerial roles, and 14 percent of seats on executive committees.
How women contribute to the economy
Between 1970 and 2009, women went from holding 37% of all jobs to nearly 48%. That’s almost 38 million more women. Without them, our economy would be 25% smaller today—an amount equal to the combined GDP of Illinois, California and New York.
GDP growth is driven by two factors—an expanding workforce and rising productivity. Back in the 1970s when women and a huge cohort of baby boomer men were entering the workforce, 65% of GDP growth arose from workforce expansion. Today, nearly 80% of growth is related to productivity increases, according to the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI).