Posted by Amanda Chapel
Straight from our home office in Quincy, Massachusetts, tonight's top-ten list: Why are there so many Women in PR?
#10... Because in PR you don't have to change bed pans... that often.
#9... Cause chances are you'll get to meet Oprah or Uma.
#8... Mr. Weatherwax seems to like my bubblegum-pink plunging tanktop.
#7... Cause the boys don't want to take the time to learn the cheers.
#6... There's not a chance in hell our field hockey team is playing the Bears this year.
#5... They promised to let me use the executive washroom.
#4... Because generally speaking, women make better slaves.
#3... Bitches don't bitch!
#2... It's a proven fact that most women have a pulse.
And the #1 Reason there's so many women in PR...'cause GIRLS LIE!
BUT SERIOUSLY FOLKS
The above list is a send-up of newly released and serious research paper, "The Prevalence of Women in PR," by Sharon Barclay, the Boston GM for a major PR firm.
While a number of studies have looked at the pay disparity between the genders in PR, the glass ceiling in the industry and issues surrounding inequality in the workplace, this paper investigates why there's been a dramatic increase of women among the PR ranks.
Over the past 20 years, there has been a flood of women entering the field of public relations. Statistics from the US Department of Labor (1997) show that although women account for 58.7 percent of the US workforce, more than 65 percent of public relations specialists are women. In 1970, the number of women in PR was at a mere 27 percent. Today, by some expert accounts that figure exceeds 80 percent.
Why? Here are a few excerpts from Barclay's study:
#10 -- Traditional Female Professions
#9 -- Perceived Glamour
#8 -- The Sexing of the PR Business
#7 -- The Industry's Priorities Dissuades Men
#6 -- Presents No Conflict with Men
#5 -- The Only Way into the Boardroom
#4 -- Women Work Harder
#3 -- Women Tend to Take a Lot More Shit
#2 -- Low/No Barrier to Entry
#1 -- In Women's Minds, Altering Reality is not a Lie
Well, that pretty much covers it. Any questions?
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Because PR was really the first female profession = after all Eve was Adam's PR consultant in dealing with God. They've made great spin doctors ever since.
One of the interviewees said succinctly, "From the outside, PR has a perception of glamour and a hint of power and influence. How sexy is that?"
There's no question, PR has sex appeal that attracts those who find the prospect of a traditional white collar jobs too run-of-the mill.
if only the power and influence part matched the typical PR agency salary --
Refined with some ammends:
#10... Because in PR the ass you have to kiss is (usually) clean.
#9… Cause they dream of meeting Oprah or Uma or Tom or Brad. Shame they never will.
#8... Cause Mr. Weatherwax seems to like my bubblegum-pink plunging tanktop.
#7... Cause the boys don’t want to take the time to learn the cheers.
#6… Cause you can get a decent amount of work out of them for 3 out of every 4 weeks. More than guys.
#5... "They promised to let me clean the executive washroom."
#4... Cause, generally speaking, women make better slaves.
#3… Higher chance of becoming a CEO's wife/mistress/girlfriend (considered career progression) than most jobs.
#2... Heart-wrenching display of brown-nosing offers unique insight into pathos of the female human condition.
And the #1 Reason there’s so many women in PR… ‘cause GIRLS LIE!
I don't quite understand what Top level means. However, my comment is about the very interesting topic of "Why are there so Many Women in PR?" It is the kind of topic that draws me to your website. The things you talk about, or in this case point out are fascinating. You are a remarkable example of the kind of young industrious woman who has created a here-to-fore nonexistence niche and prospered in it. Certainly, no man could do what you do. Well -- I am impressed. Good luck and keep dazzling us!