On Being a Woman Online

October 24, 2011

in Business

I am a woman blogger.

Being a Woman Online

That doesn’t tell you much, does it?  Let me elaborate.  I am an aspiring entrepreneur.  I want to create an income by owning my own business in which I created from scratch.  I want to be the CEO of my blog empire.  And I know this is possible.

Being a woman online is a liberating experience.  There seems to be few boundaries to what can be achieved.  Could it be that women are more accepted in business

?  Could it be that the Internet is so vast that a women’s options are endless?  Has the gap between genders closed a bit due to changing philosophies through the years allowing women to enter a world we couldn’t before?  Could it be that women are more aggressive and open to what they want?  Whatever the reasons, being a woman online feels like an endless journey of opportunities.

I recently started watching the show “Pan Am”.  It takes place in the early 1960’s America, when women were expected to become housewives.  Even if a woman started a career, she was expected to quit once she was married.  For my generation this is a strange concept and downright wrong.  Today’s woman has choices.  She can be a mother and CEO.  She can be a policewomen, attorney, teacher, senator, waitress, producer, doctor, nurse, bus driver, and, well, you get the idea.  This was not so 45 years ago.  We have come a long way.  I thank all the women pioneers that have made this move possible.

I am not here to talk about the past.  I want to talk about this frontier we call the Internet.  Where, I believe, women have endless opportunities AND we can do it without the stigma of yesteryear and, even at times, the offline stigmas that can exist. (Where women supposedly  “can’t” do the job or get paid less.)

Women online are very powerful.  We have clout.  We have money.  We have power.  We take it.  And if it is not there, we create it.  We can.

What do you think?

Are there endless opportunities for women online?

Have you come across roadblocks as a woman online because of stigmas from the past? Or offline mindsets?

JulieG November 7, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Opportunity comes to those who are open to it, and smart enough to see it as just that an opportunity for them. Too often women sell themselves short by stating I don’t have a lot of experience so I’ll try when I am better positioned to do it. I say, jump in and try it out, learn along the way… many of us are natural learners on the fly. What do you have to loose?

ExpatDoctorMom October 29, 2011 at 1:46 am

@AllieRambles

Hi Allie! The ceiling I noted only seems to exist in the real world. I haven’t seen it online. Here is the article I wrote which looks at some of the glass ceiling examples I found in my research: http://expatdoctormom.com/2011/03/celebrating-100-years-of-glorious-women-lets-shatter-the-glass-ceiling-once-and-for-all/

The book I mention Half the Sky is an excellent read which highlights the oppression of women worldwide.

Enjoy,Rajka

bdorman264 October 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm

@AllieRambles Uhhhhh, you know what we talk about………….my vibe and this is strictly my perspective; even though I ‘know’ women who have tremendous success in social, I think social is somewhat ‘male’ tilted too. For example, write down your top 5 people who you think are most ‘influential’ in social right now. I would be willing to bet you will have mostly men on there.

I think the internet allows women with an entrepreneurial spirit to succeed w/out having to jump through hoops, dress a certain way or be described as a ‘bitch’ just because she’s ambitious.

Who knows if those attitudes will ever totally go away.

I say just keep doing what you are doing and don’t let any self-imposed artificial barriers get in your way.

AllieRambles October 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm

@bdorman264 Dear White Pasty Male, aka Bill, what are you doing here? Do you want to be a Biz Chick? Actually, I am glad you are here.

As I was writing this I was wondering if anyone would be bold enough to state that it is still a male-centric society. I feel that way, offline. And I wonder if 50,000 years of civilizations like that will it ever change? Online? I don’t feel it. I don’t think men “rule” here. I know certain subjects are more female and male centric but that is just preference to the genders. But I think the Internet is that frontier women have been looking for to be perfectly equal with our male counterparts.

What do you think? What do men talk about online when women are not around? Wait, maybe I don’t want to know. Let me rephrase. Do men view women the same way online as they do off? (Excluding porn, sports and beer. I know, what the heck? There is nothing else. lol) Answer in a business capacity.

AllieRambles October 27, 2011 at 1:30 pm

@ExpatDoctorMom I am still new enough online to not have hit any ceilings. Which ones do you believe exist so we can break them? :-)

AllieRambles October 27, 2011 at 1:27 pm

@Jeanie@Facebook Templates Thanks!

AllieRambles October 27, 2011 at 1:27 pm

@Tia Peterson I think it is more in our nature to gab. And the Internet lets us do that all day to 100′s of people. LOL. But seriously, I think we feel the urge to “vent”, write or express more than men. That is why we see so many women bloggers.

You are right, with the correct tools and insight almost anybody can be a success.

AllieRambles October 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm

@DeliberateBlog It is an equalizer. I like that word. Many times people are anonymous online so we only see what they write. And that is the only merit we see. I like that.

I know women who stay and fight, my mom is one of them. I don’t see how she has the stamina, but she seems to like it and has something to prove, to herself mostly. I’m sort of like you, I will find a way around it, still proving that women can do whatever they put their minds to.

I don’t feel we, as women, need to be anti-male. We don’t need to put one group down to raise ourselves. “don’t need anyone else to lose in order to feel like you’ve won.” Like you stated. I may make fun of men and their “man” ways but all in good light. I’ll make fun of women too for their “women” ways. Call them stereotypes, I call it genetics. The old Y vs X chromosome. It can be funny. But at the end of the day we are all after the same thing- happiness, right?

~Allie

bdorman264 October 25, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I want to be a woman online……………what? didn’t think I would find you? Ha…………

From a pasty white middle class male’s perspective, there are still a lot of prejudices that occur in the business world. It is getting better and obstacles certainly can be overcome if you are determined but it is still very much a white male dominated society. I do concur that the internet is a great equalizer and knocks down so many barriers.

I know what you are trying to do and you have a great game plan mapped out. Stay the course but be flexible and I wish you much success.

At the end of the day, we are all just people, right?

ExpatDoctorMom October 25, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Wow, what a great topic. I agree with deliberateblog, the internet is the great equalizer. While so many advances have been made, there are still ceilings that women encounter. I have been fortunate being in medicine that i don’t personally feel like I have encountered them. However, I did extensive research on this for a business conference debate and know that the ceiling still does exist… BUT NOT FOR LONG!

Jeanie@Facebook Templates October 25, 2011 at 9:33 am

Of course, women have endless opportunities not only in every day life, but also being online. It’s not a secret for everyone that we are more creative)) I wish you good luck in being successful online. I believe that you will do your best

Tia Peterson October 24, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I find that the web is dominated by women. Sure, there are mega sites run by men or started by men, but women contribute just as much if not more to the online conversations happening even around sites like that.

I believe men and women carry equal success online and that in and of itself is saying a lot. Now, even housewives can get a massively popular blog and then a show on a major cable channel. The Internet is a leveler for basically any lifestyle and situation!

DeliberateBlog October 24, 2011 at 9:20 am

HI Allie,

Personally, I think there’s no better time to have ever been alive than right now. Women have never been more aware of their power and potential and never more able to realize it. And now, with the internet being the great equalizer, not just for genders, but race, background, etc., there truly is nothing holding us back (but ourselves). I have experienced the glass ceiling in the past. And I am willing to admit that I wasn’t the kind of woman who stuck around to break through it. I didn’t fight the fight. When I hit that ceiling, I switched companies to get a better deal. Now, I own my own company. I admire those women who had the strength and stamina to fight and I will forever be grateful to them. I stand on their shoulders and I know that.

I love how your post is so pro-woman, without being anti-man. I think that’s something we’re getting better at. We don’t have to fight against men in order to feel our strength. It’s not a competition. Its not us or them. We can be in this game together and I think we’re figuring out more and more how to do that. Because that’s true strength: Being so confident and secure, knowing your own power so much, that you don’t need anyone else to lose in order to feel like you’ve won.

Huge hugs,

Melody

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