The History of Women in Power

When looking at some of the most famous and iconic CEOs of the past few decades, for example, Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, and Elon Musk we find they’ve all got something in common. No, we’re not talking about how they’re all lousy dancers, but the fact that they, and almost every other major CEO, just happen to be men. Why is this? Could it be that men are just inherently better suited for the boardroom? Testosterone is the formula for what makes a business tick, whereas those without are predestined to be secretaries, not executives. Not quite.


As we’ll discover, there are multiple reasons why we haven’t seen many women in the top jobs. Of course, this isn’t ability-related, rather the endless discrimination and dogma that women have had to overcome. 


The rewards from decades of persistence in the fight for liberation are finally able to be grasped as we see greater representation and faster rates of progress than ever before. Those who are now free from the shackles of discrimination have proven what powerful women in business can do. In order to celebrate these achievements, we need to understand the struggles that have occurred to reach where we are today. In this article, we’re going to talk about this movement. How women have overcome the barriers of entry, and are now beginning to break the glass ceiling. We reason how this is liberating not just to the women at the top, but for the whole of society.


In this article, we look at the struggle for female liberation. In our next two articles, we look at women-led contemporary businesses to prove that progress has been made in achieving true equality. There are five flourishing businesses led by women who want to shape a better world. We also want to highlight 10 women-owned products that we should look out for when we go shopping, meaning there can be no excuses not to have ethical considerations when shopping. 



Before we start shopping, we first need to understand the environmentally-friendly business movement. We will do this so we can understand the struggle that allowed us to enjoy a plethora of environmentally-friendly products. On top of this, it’s imperative to shine a light on grassroots movements that should never be forgotten as we look for inspiration on how we can move forward in saving our planet.

The Past, Present and Future

The fight continues

There’s no denying the gains women have made in the workplace and entrepreneurship. It’s amazing to see the growth of women CEOs in Fortune’s top 500, yet 7.7% is still a long way from 50%. Moreover, despite 42% of new businesses being women-owned, this doesn’t mean these numbers are fairly representative of all industries. You see, “female entrepreneurs still seem to be drawing from the same well,” writes Gene Marks in the Guardian. She finds that while women businesses are booming these tend to stick within three dominating industries ; personal services, healthcare, and technical services (such as lawyers). 


Saying that, we can celebrate the rapid progress that’s been made in the past few years, considering how the environment continues to allow for women in leadership to blossom. By continuing to support these businesses we can continue to see growth in every industry. 

The future is how we shape it

We need to remember that the fight for justice, isn’t just a fight for women, but for everyone. It’s amazing to think about what future innovations and success can be accomplished as we continue to liberate the oppressed and how this benefits the whole of humankind. This fight isn’t just for those in America. Who knows which genius has no outlet due to discrimination, or which creative mind isn’t able to access the right tools.

As we continue to empower, the greater chance we have at finding the person who can help solve the climate crisis or prevent the next pandemic. It’s why it’s so important to support women-owned businesses so we can continue to create the best future possible and to inspire the next generation that there are no restrictions on what any one person can achieve.

About DGW Branded


As a B Corp, DGW Branded takes pride in going the extra mile for the planet, as well as our work in the community. What you may not know is we hire those from the foster care system to help pack our orders. To find out more about our workforce program, please visit this section of our website.


While we hope we’ve clarified some of the roles and responsibilities of each section of the B Corp movement, we’re always willing to help other businesses succeed in their societal and environmental responsibilities, please leave a comment if you have any questions. For your business needs, you can also speak to one of our experts to find out how DGW Branded can provide you with custom items for promo and staff needs.

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