Why more PR women must speak up

To mark International Women’s Day, this communicator says gender expectations can affect career opportunities. Here’s how to propel yourself along your path.

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Although many women in fields such as engineering or computer science battle gender inequality, my situation was the exception in my industry. Public relations is generally dominated by women, and women account for 63 percent of PR specialists; other estimates have that number as high as 85 percent.

Because our agency was a startup, the office could grow intense in strategy sessions, as our team was forging the foundations of our growing business. I asked myself common questions that many women working in a male-dominated office might understand: Should I be aggressive? Should I disagree with my male bosses? Should I avoid disturbing the status quo?

March 8 marks International Women’s Day, celebrating women’s achievements and paving the way for a more inclusive workplace, so it’s important to talk about the power of speaking up in the office, even in women-dominated fields like PR.

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